Escape from Tomorrow Reviews

  • None of it is as scary or as funny as it should be, and what starts out as a sly thumb in the eye of corporate power ends up as a muddled and amateurish homage to David Lynch.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Are the fantasies of a dirty middle-age man, drooling over underage girls in short shorts and grown women dressed as cartoon characters, really something to aspire to?

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Moore's sometimes surreal, sometimes sophomoric, black comic phantasmagoria, makes for a bumpy theme park ride.

    Peter Keough — Boston Globe

  • Moore lacks the off-kilter psychological nuances of Lynch, as well as the go-for-broke storytelling skills and visual elan. It doesn't help that the cast is largely competent at best.

    Ernest Hardy — Village Voice

  • Moore shows promising ingenuity in shooting parts of the movie covertly, within the notoriously restrictive Disney World resort. But his script never takes the same sort of risk.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The effects-heavy movie flies off into exotic yet inconsequential science-fiction visions; Moore's view of the macabre in the banal is a tepid successor to David Lynch's.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • It feels much like a theme park itself -- really exciting at first, but then your senses are dulled, and eventually you just want to go.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Definitely a great stunt, but you spend the film thinking how much more the "Jackass"/"Bad Grandpa" crew could have done with a premise like this.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "Escape from Tomorrow" is a much better idea than movie.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A sneakily subversive exercise in low-budget surrealism and anti-corporate satire.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • Basically, the whole thing can be summed up as an epic midlife crisis.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • It's really just a middling fantasy about a middle-aged dad having a meltdown during a family vacation to the Magic Kingdom, with a few scattered sci-fi and horror elements thrown in.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • A remarkable piece of filmmaking

    Jordan Hoffman —

  • A labyrinthine descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society, "Escape From Tomorrow" is surreal for many reasons and wholly original because of them.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • Suggests an R-rated Twilight Zone episode with a twist of Fellini-lite, in a trite film school kind of way.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • A cult classic in the making, if I've ever seen one.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • [A] creepy, inventive, nearly successful little movie ...

    Dan Kois — Slate

  • A one-of-a-kind piece of subversive surrealism filmed clandestinely at Disney World is far too haphazard, but offers images that will long stick in the mind.

    Todd McCarthy — Hollywood Reporter

  • First-time director Randy Moore achieves stunningly beautiful compositions made all the more impressive by the difficult circumstances of the shooting.

    Inkoo Kang — Los Angeles Times

  • As a conversation piece for hardcore film buffs and Disney fans, it's a fascinating little curiosity -- but that's about it.

    Scott Weinberg

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