Escape From New York 1981

Critics score:
85 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Vincent Canby, New York Times: It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them. Read more

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. Read more

Time Out: The plot gradually winds down into predictable though highly enoyable histrionics. Read more

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. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: A solidly satisfying actioner. Read more