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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: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    So chalk Escape Plan up as a pretty good action movie given an extra edge by the intelligent use of its two main actors.
  2. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 16, 2013
    75
    Though this movie can’t match the formal qualities that made the pair’s most iconic films work, it goes a long way toward recapturing their sense of cheesy fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 29, 2013
    70
    With its fun script and cheap visuals, Escape Plan evokes the halfwit cheesiness of 1980s-era Cannon films, but it also recalls the deft pacing and legibility of their action sequences.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Oct 20, 2013
    70
    Here are two action stars having fun; watching them work together as a team is a lot more entertaining than you might have expected. Try not to think too hard about it, and Escape Plan is stupid, stupid fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Oct 17, 2013
    68
    A Stallone / Schwarzenegger film that isn't completely beneath them.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 17, 2013
    67
    Escape Plan is so dumb it's adorable, as any movie pitting Sylvester Stallone's grunt against Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent should be.
  7. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Oct 20, 2013
    63
    A display of old-school muscle-buddy connivance that’s as flatly preposterous as it is shamelessly entertaining.
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 20, 2013
    63
    The heist-inspired elements aren't well thought through and it becomes a question of which is harder to swallow: the mechanics of the story or the idea that a couple of sixtysomethings can kick this much ass.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 20, 2013
    63
    Stupid but fun.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 17, 2013
    63
    Any prison-break yarn that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger delivering the line “You hit like a vegetarian” is OK by me.
  11. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    The script never gives them the kind of memorable exchange that makes fans howl with delight. But all in all, Escape Plan does what it sets out to do.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Escape Plan is mostly a gray, thudding metal machine of throwback exploitation, but the goateed, goofy Ah-nold is so happy to be in the thick of an old-school bruiser again that he makes it feel like the dumb-fun flashback party it is.
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    No new ground is broken, and viewers will, not unpleasantly, get everything they expect. It’s apparently morning in America again.
  14. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    As the unpredictable, mischievous inmate with the unlikely name of Emil Rottmayer, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sidekick role in Escape Plan may make audiences weep for the films we missed out on while he made speeches in Sacramento.
  15. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Stallone and Schwarzenegger have all the gravity here, and keep pulling Escape Plan in the direction of an old-fashioned tough-guy action film, one filled with nods to their onscreen pasts and offscreen exploits.
  16. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Oct 16, 2013
    60
    Mercifully free of tongue-in-cheek meta-humor, Escape Plan is a likably lunkheaded meat-and-potatoes brawler that never pretends to be more sophisticated than it is.
  17. Reviewed by: Andrew Lowry
    Oct 15, 2013
    60
    A highly enjoyable slice of in-one-eye, out-the-other nonsense. It may coast on the charisma of its leads at times, and it’s hardly deep, but there’s a Friday night to be had.
  18. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Oct 18, 2013
    50
    Schwarzenegger, for one, seems to be having a hoot.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    The plot itself is predictably divorced from reality, containing more holes — and smelling staler — than month-old Swiss cheese. All of which means that Stallone and Schwarzenegger end up having to do all the heavy lifting.
  20. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Sure, it’s fun to see the Governator and the Italian Stallion he-manning it up together feature-length for the first time — the screen is barely big enough to contain the two of them — but the prison-break movie Escape Plan is unworthy of the momentous occasion.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Action fans -- particularly devotees of brainless '80s shoot-em-ups -- may find enough to like here, particularly the preposterous mayhem of the third act.
  22. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    In one amusing bit of dialogue, Stallone and Schwarze-negger kid each other about being smarter than they look. For a little while at least, we thought we might be able to say the same about Escape Plan.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 16, 2013
    50
    The tempered violence, the nature of the villains, the easy bonhomie of our leads and a cast peppered with great supporting players make Escape Plan go down easier than the other “Rambo/Last Man Standing/Expendables” pictures that brought these two aged action stars back from the dead.
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 18, 2013
    40
    It won't stick to your ribs in the way, say, a shank will -- but it probably won't leave you looking for a way to escape the theater, either.
  25. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    It’s not fair to either of these actors to want to see Rocky and the Terminator over and over again. But it is fair to want to see them in something better than this.
  26. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    With a tighter plot and slightly more knowing craftsmanship, this might have worked, but Swedish director Mikael Hafström (1408, The Rite) isn’t really the man to poke fun with any sophistication at his stars’ well-established personas.
  27. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 15, 2013
    40
    Escape Pla’ would have made a perfect vehicle for, say, a Chuck Norris or even a Jean-Claude Van Damme. But these two redoubtable, enormously watchable old-school heroes deserve better.
  28. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Oct 14, 2013
    40
    For a long stretch of the second act the film feels like doing a long stretch, but Schwarzenegger’s having a ball as Stallone goes through the motions.
  29. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Oct 18, 2013
    38
    Yeah, it's a mishmash of good, strange ideas and generic nonsense, barely held together by Sly and Arnie.
  30. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Oct 17, 2013
    33
    Escape Plan deserves some credit for gradually rising from abysmal to almost-mediocre, though it’s needlessly complicated in every step of the way.
  31. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Oct 23, 2013
    30
    The film is eventful and full of suspense, but also obvious and completely contrived.
  32. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 16, 2013
    30
    They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and it's a good thing, too.
  33. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    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
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Oct 19, 2013
    10
    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
    7
    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
    8
    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 »