Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 19, 2013
    91
    A labyrinthine descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society, Escape From Tomorrow is surreal for many reasons and wholly original because of them. It's also a daring attempt to literally assail Disney World from the inside out.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 19, 2013
    90
    The Walt Disney World-set Escape From Tomorrow is both a great gimmick-dependent story and a remarkable piece of filmmaking. It is a radical, transgressive departure that exploits new technology in heretofore unseen ways.
  3. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 19, 2013
    83
    Moore’s movie may not seem to make much sense...but he does set up bits at the beginning that do come to pay off in ridiculous ways, and cinematographer Lucas Lee Graham pulls off the commendable feat of shooting the film with some margin of legitimate composition in spite of the crew’s apparent guerrilla antics.
  4. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Aug 19, 2013
    80
    The acting isn't perfect (which is perhaps understandable under the circumstances), and the film's dream states sometimes try too hard, but Escape From Tomorrow has an otherworldly atmosphere that both hooks and engages.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oct 11, 2013
    75
    A dark, weird, smutty, fitfully amusing comedy that ultimately wears out its welcome. As a provocation, it's aces, especially if — like the film's writer-director, Randy Moore — you hate Disney and everything it stands for.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 10, 2013
    75
    Basically, the whole thing can be summed up as an epic midlife crisis.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 10, 2013
    75
    Escape from Tomorrow is more of an experimental film than a traditional narrative, but intrepid viewers — or anyone who has ever visited a Disney park — will enjoy getting lost in this dark house of happy horrors.
  8. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 10, 2013
    70
    For the first hour, the plot is stultifyingly aimless, while the satire of Disney's oppressive optimism is as stale as any theme-park snack. But like a roller coaster, a queasily rollicking and dizzyingly loopy climax... ultimately makes the long wait worthwhile.
  9. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 9, 2013
    70
    It’s mostly a collection of surreal moments, headed nowhere in particular. But Moore milks a lot of the ironic potential out of his milieu.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Escape From Tomorrow is a sneakily subversive exercise in low-budget surrealism and anti-corporate satire.
  11. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 9, 2013
    67
    The more outlandish the film becomes, especially in its off-the-rails second half, the less crucial its unique setting seems.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 9, 2013
    67
    As a surrealistic depiction of the mental disintegration of Jim (Abramsohn), a seemingly ordinary family guy, while visiting “the happiest place on Earth,” it’s a prank and a spit in the eye of Disney’s relentless cheerfulness. But director Randy Moore’s pièce de résistance goes far beyond flipping the bird to the mouse that roars.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 10, 2013
    63
    Escape From Tomorrow, Moore’s sometimes surreal, sometimes sophomoric, black comic phantasmagoria, makes for a bumpy theme park ride.
  14. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Oct 8, 2013
    63
    The film is just a stunt or, more specifically, a calling card, but that might be enough for anyone who's ever wanted to kick Mickey Mouse square in his padded, pious balls.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 11, 2013
    60
    Disney World, in this incoherent but often amazing work of American psychodrama, has a lot in common with the Overlook Hotel of “The Shining,” the Venice of “Death in Venice” and the booze-soaked Cuernavaca of “Under the Volcano.” It’s a zone of existential dread, the place where masculine dreams go to die, the place where the unburied ghosts of civilization rise up like Mouse-eared, three-fingered zombies and bite us in the ass.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Aug 19, 2013
    60
    Even as a quasi-experimental work of subjective surrealism, Escape From Tomorrow is massively erratic and isn't particularly original. But it must also be said that its take on Disney World, as well as many of its individual images, are indelible and won’t be easily forgotten.
  17. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Oct 25, 2013
    50
    The film, shot in black-and-white at canted angles, suggests an R-rated Twilight Zone episode with a twist of Fellini-lite, in a trite film school kind of way. Mickey Mouse is unlikely to be shaking in his big yellow shoes.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    Once you get past the amazement this thing was made at all, the movie itself is an intermittently clever but mostly tedious, convoluted David Lynch knockoff that wanders all over the place.
  19. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Oct 11, 2013
    50
    True, Escape From Tomorrow, a handsomely mounted gallery of Mouse House cuteness inverted into grotesquerie, looks a sight more artful than do most home movies. But as an expose of Disney's manufactured happiness, and by extension the sins of corporate capitalism, it's pretty stale news.
  20. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    As a movie, Escape From Tomorrow is at best pretty good, but the way it was made makes it something unique, possibly memorable.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    The story of how Moore made the movie is ultimately more interesting than the film he’s put together. It’s not for lack of trying. It’s more a lack of a cogent story.
  22. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 8, 2013
    50
    While Escape is filled with inspired touches... Moore lacks the off-kilter psychological nuances of Lynch, as well as the go-for-broke storytelling skills and visual élan. It doesn't help that the cast is largely competent at best.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 8, 2013
    40
    In a word: Bibbidi-bobbidi-blah.
  24. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 11, 2013
    40
    Moore shows promising ingenuity in shooting parts of the movie covertly, within the notoriously restrictive Disney World resort. But his script never takes the same sort of risk.
  25. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 10, 2013
    40
    None of it is as scary or as funny as it should be, and what starts out as a sly thumb in the eye of corporate power ends up as a muddled and amateurish homage to David Lynch.
  26. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 8, 2013
    40
    What we’re left with are a bunch of unseasoned performers and a first-time filmmaker clearly out of his depth (good lord, those green-screen shots!) hocking loogies at Mickey and friends with hit-and-mostly-miss fervidness.
  27. Oct 10, 2013
    25
    Juvenile, disjointed and pointlessly revolting at times, although there are a few moments of disturbingly stark visual beauty.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 28, 2014
    2
    this could've been a much, much better film. disneyworld as alternaworld, filmed on location, great premise. but, the acting was so bad, thethis could've been a much, much better film. disneyworld as alternaworld, filmed on location, great premise. but, the acting was so bad, the plot nosedived into ridiculousness, and the whole enterprise became cheesy camp. Full Review »
  2. Oct 18, 2013
    2
    While the story of how the film was made is interesting, the film itself is just utter garbage. But that's what happens when you are making aWhile the story of how the film was made is interesting, the film itself is just utter garbage. But that's what happens when you are making a film that is just a glorified publicity stunt. It was obvious that writer/director Randy Moore was more interested with making a film that would create buzz and controversy on the film festival circuit rather than make a semi-coherent film. The story is sloppy, the acting is just awful, the editing was done (I'm assuming) by a blind man and the overall presentation just looks like Moore didn't actually care about the film itself and was more worried about how he could get his name out there. This wasn't a film, it was a publicity stunt. Full Review »
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    4
    I can honestly say that I have never seen a movie such as this. A movie that really shouldn't exist considering the high stakes of filming onI can honestly say that I have never seen a movie such as this. A movie that really shouldn't exist considering the high stakes of filming on Disney property. Sad thing is, I think the story behind the movie is a lot more interesting than the movie itself. So how can I begin to describe such a movie? Well, it almost feels like if David Lynch decided to make a movie based on Disney. It seems to pay a lot of homage to him, and it seems that some parts were inspired by his films. Like I said before, for the most part, this movie was filmed entirely in Disney World. There are scenes that were not, and these stick out like sore thumbs. During these scenes, they greenscreen their actors to make it appear as though they are on Disney property. However, the effects look awful and really break the immersion factor of the movie as you can blatantly tell that it was done in front of a green screen. Escape from Tomorrow also has too much going on at once. In the full 90 minute movie, so much happens that any of these odd events could have been turned into their own movie. Interesting plot points are started, and then just left out and never mentioned again. This makes for some disappointing moments, as many of the plot points to me sounded very intriguing and left me asking "Where are they going to go with this?" Just to have the movie tell me that these plot points will never be mentioned again. Acting is pretty poor, but that comes with the territory of being a very low budget movie. Some scenes are shot very nicely, and all around, besides the green screen scenes, the cinematography is pretty nice to look at. The trailer to this movie shows it off as more of a horror, but I don't really know what type of genre to put this movie under, and I don't think the movie knows what to put it under either. At points it's a dark comedy, at points it's a drama, and at some points it has elements of a psychedelic trip. Despite its bad elements, I still was very intrigued with this movie. I would recommend to watch it just because you probably will not see another movie like this, but be prepared that what you will see is not very well done. Full Review »