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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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 10, 2013
    25
    Juvenile, disjointed and pointlessly revolting at times, although there are a few moments of disturbingly stark visual beauty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Oct 15, 2013
    7
    This movie is difficult to rate, I've never seen anything quite like it before. From watching the trailers, I thought "Okay, I guess this is one of those horror movies made scarier by having a happy context", but after watching, I realized that it's not your standard horror film, even for what I just mentioned. I guess I'd still classify it as a horror (even though it's not technically that scary), but a very different type of horror. I can at least say, it's quite a different movie, definitely unique, and overall, quite stressing but in a way that's intriguing. I honestly don't know how I'm going to rate this, it's one of those movies that you just have to watch for yourself, but I'll give it a 7 anyway. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2013
    4
    I wanted to love it, and there are definitely good ideas in the film, but it just doesn't go far enough. I did enjoy some of the humor and irony, but I don't think they pushed the boundaries hard enough to make the impact they hoped for. Kudos for stealing the whole movie at Disney World though! Expand
  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 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. Expand
  4. 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 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. Expand
  5. 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, the plot nosedived into ridiculousness, and the whole enterprise became cheesy camp. Expand

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