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: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
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85%
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Critic Score: 85% 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

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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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Maybe it's not John Carpenter's best film, but it's one of his most fun and the premise is irresistible: in the future, Manhattan has been turned into a high security island prison and Liberty Island is the guard station.

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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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Rob Vaux
Cinema-stache

Power corrupts. Truth is the antidote. And if the masters of the universe don't like that, it only takes one nasty bastard in the right place at the right time to correct them. The eyepatch is optional.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A solidly satisfying actioner.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A marriage of character, actor, and writer/director of the first order.

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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