90

Film Threat

On top of the tried-and-true prison genre formula coupled with the misfit gang formula, Rupert Wyatt's "he Escapist flips everything on its ear by playing out in two timelines simultaneously.
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80

Village Voice

A taut thriller that ends on a note of unexpected grace.
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75

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Hollywood used to make a fair number of films like The Escapist (sigh: remember grown-up dramas?), and it's a satisfying variation on a once-familiar theme.
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70

Los Angeles Times

It makes for an unexpectedly welcome form of dramatic escape: the character study breaking free from a hoary old movie genre.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
It all leads nowhere. There are pull-the-rug-out endings, and then there are pull-the-floor-out endings. The Escapist leaves you standing on nothing, like Wile E. Coyote, wondering why you bothered to come this far.
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30

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
All might have been forgiven were it not for a needlessly Shyamalanized ending that deserves to earn Wyatt at least 25 years for grand-theft cinema.
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56 out of 100
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