Embassy Pictures | Release Date: July 10, 1981 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 12 Critic Reviews
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Washington PostLloyd Grove
Director John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill, the team responsible for "Halloween" and "The Fog," have come up with another B-movie thriller whose ambitions get exceeded by respectable results. [10 July 1981, p.17]
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Escape From New York gets more conventional as it goes along, settling for chases and narrow escapes when it could have had wild social satire as well. Carpenter has a deeply ingrained B-movie sensibility--which is both his strength and limitation. He does clean work, but settles for too little. [27 July 1981, p. 75]