Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 11, 2012
    40
    Movies like this are supposed to be ridiculous on some level. It's part of the fun. But, dang. Falling through space, popping your parachute and landing on the one empty stretch of freeway in some bustling future city? C'mon. We all have our limits.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 18, 2012
    67
    The space prison set-pieces get the job done; only in the film's terrestrial bookends does this nuts-and-bolts action film show its rust.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 12, 2012
    75
    If you're an "Escape From New York" fan, you might have wondered about those rumors about a possible remake...Well, wonder no more. Producer Luc Besson's action factory has beaten everyone to it, stylishly. They're just calling the thing Lockout, and setting it in outer space.
  4. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Apr 11, 2012
    80
    Lockout isn't high art, but it's ridiculous fun.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Apr 14, 2012
    70
    It's clichéd, ridiculous, and very entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 11, 2012
    63
    The idea of the president's daughter being held captive isn't blindingly original (it's an alarmingly dangerous occupation), but placing the story on a space station is a masterstroke, since we're about filled up to here with prison movies set on Earth.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 12, 2012
    25
    The aftereffects of watching Lockout include an inability to focus or to complete a simple declarative sentence without an ill-timed cutaway in the middle.
  8. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Apr 22, 2012
    40
    It's just not quite as much fun as it should be, despite Pearce's best efforts and some good chemistry with Grace. Unusually for an action thriller, this could have benefited from being just a little longer.
  9. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Apr 11, 2012
    50
    With no thriller cliché left unused, the gaily outlandish plot is matched by tin-eared dialogue, ripe tough-guy overacting from the very game Pearce, and best-that-she-could acting from Grace.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 10, 2012
    42
    Lockout consists of disciplined action pastiche, but much of its thundering engine borrows from better movies.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 12, 2012
    40
    Mostly Lockout is lost in space.
  12. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 12, 2012
    50
    Pearce gets into his groove swiftly, owns it and remains entertaining throughout. The rest of the movie, however, would work better as a video game.
  13. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 13, 2012
    75
    Lockout is derivative and ridiculous and a good time, provided you can turn off higher brain functions along with any other part of you that might want to lodge a complaint about liberal borrowing from better movies.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 12, 2012
    20
    Directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger stage a few good action set pieces, but unlike the 1981 midnight movie classic it imitates, the blandly titled Lockout never busts out of its cheesy concept.
  15. 60
    The pretty good thriller Lockout peaks with its first shot...When the camera moves and the plot kicks in - as it must - the movie loses its witty economy. Things get cluttered.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 13, 2012
    12
    Besson co-wrote and produced this cheesy mash-up of elements from James Bond and "Battlestar Galactica."
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 12, 2012
    63
    Lockout is genre all the way. The film wears its colors proudly, but it also, alas, wears out its welcome.
  18. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 12, 2012
    38
    Lockout is painful. Not painful in the way Uwe Boll or "Sex and the City" movies are painful. But painful enough that I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
  19. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 12, 2012
    50
    Most of the time Lockout is pleasant enough, not something to recommend to a friend, but enjoyable in the moment. Guy Pearce has a lot to do with that, as the most impervious action star imaginable.
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 9, 2012
    63
    Luc Besson's producing career has been so geared toward lean, tough genre films that it's somewhat apt that he'd ape--or, if we're being kind, pay homage to--John Carpenter's preeminent sci-fi actioner Escape from New York with his latest, Lockout.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 11, 2012
    75
    More than any masculine heroics, Pearce's primary job is maintaining the tone: smug, irreverent, and giddily punch-drunk.
  22. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 12, 2012
    50
    Pearce pumps a surprising amount of levity into his one-liners – sure, it's still hot air, but at least the banter comes fully inflated.
  23. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Apr 19, 2012
    40
    Pearce has fun; world-weary in the style of a 15-year-old told one too many times to tidy his room – but shoddy special effects and the surface-level sass of the president's daughter leave this one spinning in low orbit.
  24. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 10, 2012
    60
    Directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather fill the film's obvious narrative gaps with enough witty banter and tongue-in-cheek humor for audiences to overlook the subpar special effects used throughout.
  25. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 12, 2012
    60
    Lockout, is as dopey an entertainment as imaginable, but it's also a reminder that the film's star, Guy Pearce, has always had great screen magnetism, to which he has now added a bedrock of muscle. Also: he can act.
  26. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 23, 2012
    50
    If you were to watch Lockout a few months from now, at home alone, it wouldn't produce more than a shrug. Movies this bad need to be revered in public places. Go see it in a mall, and try to sneak a beer or two in with you.
  27. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Apr 10, 2012
    80
    Lockout is the kind of manly nonsense no one wants to make anymore.
  28. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Apr 19, 2012
    40
    Luc Besson's clunky, space-bound actioner apes '80s B-flick excess but skimps on all the good parts. Fans of really bad science and pixelated CGI won't be disappointed, though.
  29. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Apr 12, 2012
    38
    A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy?
  30. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 9, 2012
    60
    Tackles a nifty futuristic premise with bargain-basement efficiency and a deadpan, devil-may-care attitude. It's an initially invigorating tactic that proves slapdash and unsatisfying over the long haul, reducing a potentially rich sci-fier to the level of a halfway decent time-killer
  31. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 10, 2012
    40
    Lockout is, not unexpectedly, a potluck of derivative references.
  32. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Apr 12, 2012
    38
    Enjoy it, in moderation. It's your recommended weekly allowance of schlock.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    2
    the hunger games was better... ok but seriously my score equals the amount of time it took for the main character to get to the space station and meet the president's daughter. It was one of the fastest paced movies I've ever seen. Overall was terrible. No character development. No back story. Plot holes (why would the US spend trillions and trillions of dollars on a space station for prisoners when they could kill them at the cost of one bullet?). Would only recommend if it was on netflix and you had nothing else to do. Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2012
    4
    All I can say is this movie was entertaining enough to keep me watching until the end. Other than that, there is nothing special about it. It's one of those movies that you will probably watch on cable TV some Saturday afternoon when nothing else is on and you don't have anything else to do.

    The story is interesting enough, but the pure cheesy rots through towards the end. I don't want to spoil anything so I will not go into that but let's just say the "love" interest part is totally predictable. The action is good and the special effects are on par with today's movies.

    My gripe would be the acting, mainly from the support characters. The 2 leads are okay, and that is about it. The rest of the cast pretty much mulls their way through their lines and shows no real character while doing so. The main villain is not at all convincing as a psycho.

    In all, I thought this movie was exactly what I thought it was going to be: a movie I would watch, be satisfied that I didn't waste 2 hours and then forget about until I see it on TV some time later.
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  3. Apr 17, 2012
    10
    This is no Fight Club or Braveheart but a VERY GOOD film all the same, if you have been getting sick of all the BADLY made movies lately you should see this movie. I don't understand where this bad rating or coming from......maybe people started liking bad movies like Transformers,Battleship or the like. Full Review »