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
It does a splendid job of putting the pale into imitation and draining the life out of derivative.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Witty one-liners compensate for cliched plotting and cheesy effects in this sci-fi action thriller.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Cavalierly conceived, generically titled and derivatively plotted. It feels like a missed chance because Pearce and Grace came ready to play.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
Yes, it's cheesy and derivative. But Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace elevate the material, and it never takes itself seriously.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Mostly "Lockout" is lost in space.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
They don't make 'em like this anymore, except when they do and you remember why they stopped. Daft, but broadly enjoyable if you're in a charitable mood.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Lean, fun, smart without overthinking things and always equipped with a one-liner, Lockout is refreshingly free of the bull**** that plagues so many genre films.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Lockout succeeds as a result of Pearce - who delivers an enjoyable, albeit snide, performance as a government agent turned one-man-army.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
While Lockout matches Luc Besson's other film projects in its devotion to being nothing more than a slick, uncomplicated spectacle, the film's ridiculously botched execution and lazy action sequences make it ultimately fall short.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
[Seems] like the kind of exciting low-concept action schlock that producer Luc Besson could have engineered in his sleep. Maybe he had indigestion that night.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Lockout is a film derivative of several notable genre classics, but the film does offer some entertainment value.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Whenever Guy Pearce's Snow is on screen, the film's a fun, brainless, action flick with a main character that deserves a better movie.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
What surprises is how much guilty pleasure directors Mather and St.Leger, who sound like islands off the coast of France, rather than filmmakers, wring from Lockout's 95 minutes.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
... [Guy] Pearce makes it fun.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Even once it has run its course, Lockout is no knockout.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The only thing this film was missing was the New World Pictures logo to come up at the beginning of it.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Sometimes, it is all about tone, and while Lockout has enough flaws to shake several sticks at, it is a film entirely in the vein of the silly, riotously fun John Carpenter sci-fi forays of the 80s
Shaun Munro - What Culture
The first disappointing movie that concentrates too much on character and not enough on action.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
James Mather and Stephen St Leger's debut feature isn't smart, it doesn't have anything to say about the human condition and it never takes itself remotely seriously, but none of that matters with a film this much fun.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
The action beats, while decently handled, actually lingers shorter in the memory than the force of Pearce's surprisingly light and lively personality.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The most interesting feature of Besson's film is that the outer-space jailbirds are led by a Scot with a striking resemblance to George Galloway.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
- Austin Chronicle
Loud, longing to be rated R and at times just plain silly, 'Lockdown' left me wanting to see another 'Transporter' flick.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Lockout" has a very minute amount of cheesy comedy that will have you laughing at it, but maybe that is the point.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
It's laughably over the top but Pearce, a decent actor, anchors it somewhere between Escape From New York and The Transformers.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Furiously forbidding, filled with a great deal of sinister action that makes little sense.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Shallow, silly yet infectiously good-natured, this is as guiltily pleasurable as dystopia gets.
Emma Dibdin - Little White Lies
Even with the bonus of Pearce's sardonic performance Lockout is still little more than a soulless, slapdash computer game.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
The space prison set-pieces get the job done; only in the film's terrestrial bookends does this nuts-and-bolts action film show its rust.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
It rattles along at an appropriately frantic pace. It's just a shame that so much cheese has been allowed into the recipe.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Whether you call it rip-off or homage, Lockout's guilty-pleasure mix of explosive action and tongue-in-cheek humour is mightily enjoyable.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Just leave your brain in the foyer...
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Shoddy special effects and the surface-level sass of the president's daughter leave this one spinning in low orbit.
With the exception of Guy Pearce's old school anti-hero Snow, Lockout is a pointless exercise that's bereft of originality in both its plotting and direction.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
First-time directors James Mather and Stephen St Leger ... keep the tension at boiling point with a series of bloody but deftly staged shocks, which help to obscure the occasional incredulities of the plot.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
[It] isn't a good movie but has a speedy slapstick nastiness and thankfully no eye-wateringly unsexy sex (although rape is continually and casually threatened).
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Nothing in this Luc Besson-produced multiplex-filler is at all novel or particularly well-orchestrated, so it's down to an enjoyably sarcastic script to come to its rescue...
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
It's Pearce's film, and he chews and spits the one-liners like a hardened wise-ass. Han Solo would be proud.
Michael C. Walsh - Boston Phoenix
Yes, it's a guilty pleasure. And, I really don't think there's anything original about "Lockout." But, Guy Pearce is a very decent action hero and there's plenty happening in this outer space adventure.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Luc Besson's clunky, space-bound actioner apes '80s B-flick excess but skimps on all the good parts.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
It's just not quite as much fun as it should be, despite Pearce's best efforts and some good chemistry with Grace.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
It's the movie version of Kevin Costner--the great, big dimwit you like anyway.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A ludicrously enjoyable sci-fi thriller salted with some sharp lines caustically delivered by Pearce as a sort of thinking man's Jason Statham.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Trashily entertaining space prison flick that delivers some pleasingly old school thrills, thanks to a witty script, pacey direction and an enjoyable central performance from Guy Pearce.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
In space, no one can hear you snore.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Guy Pierce doing his turn as Bruce Willis in "Die Hard" gives the movie a boost.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
If there were a reason to see [this], and there really isn't, it would be to savor the way Guy Pearce gleefully surrenders the last iota of credibility in exchange for whooping it up with good-natured abandon as a near-futuristic action hero.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Lockout's no knockout
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
In some moments, "Lockout" seems incapable of writing its own name. And "fun" is not often associated with Guy Pearce. But because he has some, you will, too. This is purely pass-fail territory, so consider it a success by way of social promotion.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
It is amazing to watch Pearce, who might be one hundred times better than the rest of Lockout.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Lockout is derivative and ridiculous and a good time, provided you can turn off higher brain functions along with any other part of you that might want to lodge a complaint about liberal borrowing from better movies.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
At no point should Lockout be taken too seriously. Don't expect big plot surprises or slick effects (the earthbound motorcycle chase is particularly lame) or even anything that looks like romance.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
The tag-team of filmmakers seems to have only two ideas - having stupendously ugly characters shove their mugs into the camera, or staging action sequences so dizzily you have no idea what's going on.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
There's cheap, and then there's this rip-off.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The film is 100 minutes of bad lighting, bad editing, dodgy sound, science-fiction-film cliches and CGI Cheez Whiz.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Most of the time "Lockout" is pleasant enough, not something to recommend to a friend, but enjoyable in the moment.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
If nothing else it's a strong argument for Pearce to take on more charismatic leading roles-- he comes so close to rescuing Lockout that who knows what he might do in an actual good movie.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Since it makes no apologies for what it is, neither should the viewer regret the utterly disposable entertainment on display.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Too derivative, slapdash and uninvolving to be any kind of memorable offering (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
some fun action and cool concepts can't quite save the film from shoddy writing, weak acting, goofy VFX and a running time that's about 20 minutes too long
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The funniest thing about Lockout, a film that is not without several amusements of a subsidiary nature, is the notion that it is based on an "original idea."
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The tone of the whole endeavor shouldn't work as well as it does (who does one liners anymore?) but as they say casting is everything.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Yes, Lockout is idiotic and downright poorly made at points, but with a winning star and a bevvy of one-liners it's easily more fun than a lot of fodder out there.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Guy Pearce creates one of the most memorable action heroes since John McClane.
Joshua Tyler - Giant Freakin Robot
By borrowing a bit too liberally, it ends up drowning in its own demented designs.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
I suspect many people will be on board, as I was, with Lockout for about 5 minutes. Fortunately, anyone can go to YouTube and see them without seeing what comes next: 85 minutes of shoddy plotting, direction and full-on boredom.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It's the cinematic equivalent of Paris Hilton.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
The idea of an Escape From New Yorkin space with the underrated Guy Pearce in the Snake Plissken role seemed like a slam dunk. How do you screw that up? Watch Lockout and find out.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Untested directors and feeble creative efforts gradually scrape away the fun factor of this snoozer, which grows more tedious and oddly joyless by the minute.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
what appears on the big screen is dreary looking cheese, complete with a CGI motorcycle chase that looks like it was literally ripped from a videogame. The film only works at all because of...Guy Pearce, having a ball as an 80's era action hero...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
So-so action outing from the Luc Besson factory.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
An under-whelming sci-fi thriller.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
What could have been a smart Kubrickian enterprise, or at the very least a top-of-the-line sci-fi piece, instead aspires to little more than stock C-grade action schlock.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Pearce gets into his groove swiftly, owns it and remains entertaining. The rest of the movie, however, would work better as a video game.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The only reason to bother discussing the derivative, chintzy Lockout is [Guy] Pearce.
Geoff Berkshire - HitFix
[Has] ambitions only of stupid fun and completely ridiculous, logic-bending action. The 'fun' part comes and goes.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Every time [Pearce is] off-screen, the premise's silliness starts to seem exactly that -- silly.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The sort of low rent action movie thing they made in the 1980s and 1990s, which usually starred Rutger Hauer or Christopher Lambert.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
...Lockout is simply unable to become the fun and fast-paced thriller that its creators have clearly intended...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Overall, this is an okay time waster when it comes on TV or DVD, but it's certainly not worth full price at the box office, despite, some entertainment provided by the always reliable Guy Pearce.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
A decidedly derivative and tough-to-swallow sci-fi actioner that reminds of something Jean-Claude Van Damme would have made in the early-'90s, the film is very nearly saved by Guy Pearce.
Guy Pearce goes into low-Earth orbit to get his cool back in "Lockout," a silly sci-fi B-picture made fun by his star turn.
Yes, it is dumb but it is of the kind of dumbness that makes for strangely compelling viewing for those willing to embrace its pop-art insanities in all their gaudy manifestations.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
More than any masculine heroics, Pearce's primary job is maintaining the tone: smug, irreverent, and giddily punch-drunk.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Seems recycled to begin with but grows increasingly tired and repetitive as the narrative drones on.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Silly summer action movie season is already here, and now it's Guy Pearce, looking very dashing as former CIA operative Snow, the wisecracking hero with his own set of rules.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Lockout isn't high art, but it's ridiculous fun.
James Rocchi - Boxoffice Magazine
Low-rent but fun eighties/nineties throwback. Guy Pearce makes a solid, sardonic hero.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
...a solid SF action movie that may not challenge audiences, but it doesn't treat them like idiots either.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
By the very nature of it being in space 'Lockout' is a better movie than 'Colombiana,' but then again 'Colombiana' had Zoe Saldana in spandex. I think it's fair to call them both worth watching on your iPad when your flight gets delayed.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
A collage of futuristic landscapes and big screen 1-vs-100 scenarios, the "space jail" thriller tests your patience for stupidity and cookie cutter filmmaking.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Like a Luc Besson concept that was fleshed out by a high-school creative-writing class..all the suspense of air leaking from a balloon.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
So it's the future. And the President's daughter is being held hostage in an outer space prison. And the only guy brave/tough/smartass enough to go get her just happens to be the ex-government agent who might be a murderer.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
From conception to execution, every element in this sci-fi actioner is second-rate, derivative, and cheesy.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Lockout is the kind of manly nonsense no one wants to make anymore.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Big dumb fun is the chief objective of Lockout, so it's a pity that this sci-fi action flick only consistently delivers on two-thirds of its promise.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Who cares about subpar computer-generated work when Guy Pearce is a one-man cartoon badass spectacle all to himself?
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Guy Pearce's one-liners cannot save this videogame.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve