Escape from New York
Escape from New York (1981)

In this grim, cynical science fiction film, the island of New York City has been transformed into a gigantic prison state. When Air Force One crashes on the island, mercenary Snake Plissken is sent on a mission to rescue the President from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring an atmospherically grimy futuristic metropolis, Escape from New York is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was.

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Time Out

The plot gradually winds down into predictable though highly enoyable histrionics.

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

Most of the images are elaborate confections of urban blight, etched against a nearly unlit soundstage, and the sound mix, until the finale, is rarely louder than Snake's elbow busting out an old windowpane.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Has a surprisingly measured pace, its set pieces choreographed with a deliberateness at odds with the frantic nature of Snake's quest.

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Variety Staff

A solidly satisfying actioner.

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James Berardinelli

When the final credits roll, you can be forgiven a vague sense of dissatisfaction, because the creativity that went into formulating the premise was never extended to the script writing stage.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
In the distant future of 1997 the world has dissolved into a dystopian hell. so much so that the Island of Manhattan has been turned into a huge prison. Enter… More
Mark Walker
During my childhood, I enjoyed many movies from director John Carpenter but it's been a long time since I've revisited any of them. If truth be told,… More
Spencer S.
John Carpenter makes action-adventure sci-fi films that use small budget resources to create fantastical and unparallel worlds. In this dystopian future (which… More
Alex roy
I've always enjoyed Dystopian, futuresque films such as V for Vendetta, Blade Runner, THX 1138 among countless others. Escape from New York is for me, a… More
Chris Weber
This is John Carpenter's low-budget cult classic that introduced the world to one of the coolest anti-heroes ever: Snake Plissken. Set in the then near… More
Mike S
Set in a very dark and anarchy-laden New York City, trouble brews to its maximum, as a plane carrying the U.S president crashes into Manhattan, which has now… More

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