(2013)

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75
Though this movie can't match the formal qualities that made the pair's most iconic films work, it goes a long way toward recapturing their sense of cheesy fun.
75
So chalk Escape Plan up as a pretty good action movie given an extra edge by the intelligent use of its two main actors.
68
A Stallone / Schwarzenegger film that isn't completely beneath them.
63
Any prison-break yarn that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger delivering the line “You hit like a vegetarian” is OK by me.
63
The heist-inspired elements aren't well thought through and it becomes a question of which is harder to swallow: the mechanics of the story or the idea that a couple of sixtysomethings can kick this much ass.
63
Stupid but fun.
63
A display of old-school muscle-buddy connivance that's as flatly preposterous as it is shamelessly entertaining.
60
A highly enjoyable slice of in-one-eye, out-the-other nonsense. It may coast on the charisma of its leads at times, and it's hardly deep, but there's a Friday night to be had.
60
Mercifully free of tongue-in-cheek meta-humor, Escape Plan is a likably lunkheaded meat-and-potatoes brawler that never pretends to be more sophisticated than it is.
60
As the unpredictable, mischievous inmate with the unlikely name of Emil Rottmayer, Arnold Schwarzenegger's sidekick role in Escape Plan may make audiences weep for the films we missed out on while he made speeches in Sacramento.
50
The tempered violence, the nature of the villains, the easy bonhomie of our leads and a cast peppered with great supporting players make Escape Plan go down easier than the other “Rambo/Last Man Standing/Expendables” pictures that brought these two aged action stars back from the dead.
50
Sure, it's fun to see the Governator and the Italian Stallion he-manning it up together feature-length for the first time - the screen is barely big enough to contain the two of them - but the prison-break movie Escape Plan is unworthy of the momentous occasion.
50
Action fans -- particularly devotees of brainless '80s shoot-em-ups -- may find enough to like here, particularly the preposterous mayhem of the third act.
50
In one amusing bit of dialogue, Stallone and Schwarze-negger kid each other about being smarter than they look. For a little while at least, we thought we might be able to say the same about Escape Plan.
40
Escape Pla' would have made a perfect vehicle for, say, a Chuck Norris or even a Jean-Claude Van Damme. But these two redoubtable, enormously watchable old-school heroes deserve better.
40
For a long stretch of the second act the film feels like doing a long stretch, but Schwarzenegger's having a ball as Stallone goes through the motions.
38
Yeah, it's a mishmash of good, strange ideas and generic nonsense, barely held together by Sly and Arnie.
30
They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and it's a good thing, too.
25
A dim anti-privatization parable that preaches a familiar strain of cynical, unchallenged self-righteousness in the face of widespread abuse of civil liberties.

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