Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Oct 18, 2013
    Yeah, it's a mishmash of good, strange ideas and generic nonsense, barely held together by Sly and Arnie.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Oct 17, 2013
    Escape Plan deserves some credit for gradually rising from abysmal to almost-mediocre, though it’s needlessly complicated in every step of the way.
  3. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Oct 23, 2013
    The film is eventful and full of suspense, but also obvious and completely contrived.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 16, 2013
    They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and it's a good thing, too.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Oct 17, 2013
    A dim anti-privatization parable that preaches a familiar strain of cynical, unchallenged self-righteousness in the face of widespread abuse of civil liberties.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Oct 19, 2013
    this film was fantastic, i swear critics these days just dont have any sense of humor, and all films have to be super serious in order for the score to be good. this was really enjoyable Full Review »
  2. Oct 18, 2013
    I have no idea why Escape Plan is receiving negative reviews. Escape Plan is great, it is really clever and intelligent, I think that Stallone and Schwarzenegger pulled this off, they rocked. The whole plot is new and entertaining, smart and overall very funny. Escape Plan is one of the better thrillers this year (Runner Runner anyone?) it is Clever, entertaining, funny and new, I really enjoyed it, can't wait to watch it again! Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2013
    A film can't be recommended only on the merits of its big, action-packed finale, and Escape Plan isn't the movie on which to make an exception to that rule. The first 3/4 of the film are plodding, so much exposition and senseless set-up that has you crawling for some classic, '80s-level action. An explosion, at least. But as meandering as most of the film is, it's never boring, and the promise of one, extended, awesome action scene is just enough to keep you invested in the proceedings. Stallone and Schwarzenegger and we, the action fans of the world finally have their big, team-up movie, and like the action powerhouses themselves, Escape Plan is a bulky mess. It still knows how to fire a mean weapon, though. Full Review »