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Lockout Reviews



Genre :

Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Date :

April 13, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

Starring :

Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan, Lennie James, Tim Plester, Joseph Gilgun, Jacky Ido, Anne-Solenne Hatte, Bojan Peric

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

1.5 of 4

“..there isn't much else to keep you guessing, except trying to figure out the actors' motives..”
by Scott Bowles [USA Today]
2 of 5

“..the movies bearing his imprimatur draw heavily from Asian cinema, graphic novels, and video games..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
2 of 4

“..the full house at the screening I attended frequently burst into guffaws at the terrible dialogue..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
2 of 5

“..the filmmakers' inventiveness with special effects and action, which landed them this job, gives the film a good deal of visual punch..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
1 of 4

“..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..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
2.5 of 4

“..still proves to be moderately satisfying B-movie cheese..”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
Review rate : C-

“..pretty much flaunts its simplicity and unoriginality as a badge of honor..”
by Geoff Berkshire [HitFix]
2 of 4

“..it's a great sci-fi concept that seems to promise a one-two punch of sleek visuals and provocative..”
by Robert Levin [amNewYork]
“..clearly inspired by John Carpenter's Escape from New Yorkas well as borrowing a significant plot element from its L.A.-set sequel..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 5

“..briefly makes this movie more than a solo act..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]
“..as is, Lockout's dystopian future of expendable lives comments principally on a dystopian present of expendable entertainment..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
4 of 5

“..after watching Lockout, you just thank Guy Pearce for getting the job done..”
by James Rocchi [Boxoffice Magazine]

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