Lockout Reviews

  • Lockout has its flaws, but is entertaining and comical in a genre that could use a little humor.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Too serious to be a parody and too stupid to be a viable action pic, Lockout floats like space junk in the final frontier.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • "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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy...

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • "Lockout" is meat-and-potatoes filmmaking at its most basic.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • First-time writer-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger have put some thought into all of this - always a bonus in a no-brakes thriller, especially one of Besson's.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • The committee product of newbie directors James Mather, Stephen St. Leger, and producer Luc Besson, Lockout is, not unexpectedly, a potluck of derivative references.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • "Lockout" never busts out of its cheesy concept.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Lockout is a largely half-hearted effort in which some of the major set pieces are so indifferently executed that they literally look exactly like sequences out of video games.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Snow is an overwritten hero who talks like a sitcom character. Every line is a wisecrack, a gag, or what he fondly thinks of as a witticism.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The editing by Eamonn Power and Camille Delamarre appears to have been handled while running from one gate to another in an airport somewhere.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • It's cliched, ridiculous, and very entertaining.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Lockout is genre all the way. The film wears its colors proudly, but it also, alas, wears out its welcome.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Movies like this are supposed to be ridiculous on some level. It's part of the fun. But, dang.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • At a certain point, the pic's unpretentious B-movie style, like its generic and uninformative title, seems to indicate a simple lack of ambition.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • It's the kind of movie where someone tumbling in space above the earth's atmosphere opens a parachute and lands gently on earth without even gasping for a breath.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • If he's poking fun at the genre, Besson has a way to go, thanks to the distractions of a muddled story and silly ending that defies physics and all the laws of nature.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Does a fine job of continually coming up with obstacle after obstacle for our two leads to dodge - not the least of which happens to be good, old-fashioned logic.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • In both premise and execution, "Lockout" combines elements of Besson's "The Fifth Element" and "Escape from New York," clinging to those and countless other movies' B-movie thrills so faithfully that it at least remains watchably bad.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

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