John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996)

It's 16 years after Snake Plissken's rescue of the President in New York. Now, a different President is in power and declares the United States to be a land of moral superiority: no smoking, no red meat, no freedom of religion and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 9, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Enjoyable in a playful way

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Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail

Escape from L.A. is too preposterous to be a good film. But in keeping with its title, it does provide a couple of hours of entertaining escapism.

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Chris Peachment
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Had this film come out 14 years ago, it would probably still be a late-night video treat, rather than looking a mite tired.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The special effects vary from OK to lame to very lame.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Buscemi, Fonda, Robertson, Grier and many others get to make vivid impressions, but of course it's Russell who must carry this swiftly paced picture. As rugged as ever and attractively weathered, he does so with ease.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Violent, semi-spoofy action sequel is too dark for kids.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Dark, percussive and perversely fun.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

John Carpenter's vision of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...for all its commotion, the movie never catches fire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
So the first film was set in the distant future of 1997. In this sequel a massive earthquake hits LA and practically wipes it out in the distant future of the… More
Melvin White
Snake Plissken: Fuck you, I'm going to Hollywood... "Snake is Back" Okay, so Escape from LA isn't a prototypically good movie. The effects… More
Alex roy
Sequel to John Carpenter's action classic, Escape from New York is a mediocre picture that recycles old ideas, except now, you've guessed it, the… More
Chris Weber
This is an unnecessary, though admittedly enjoyable sequel to Escape From New York. It's a reasonably fun guilty pleasure, even if it pretty much rehashes… More
Manu Gino
Snake Is Back. Good movie! Escape From L.A is an underrated classic that gets better with repeating viewings and is a film that deserves more respect and is… More
Tim Salmons
Ok, so this isn't quite the pile of manure people would have you believe it to be. But on the other hand, it's not a very good movie, either. Just… More