Critics Consensus

Escape Room Is Creative but Unoriginal

2019 kicks off with a horror film that'll make you rethink that birthday outing you've been considering.

by | January 3, 2019 | Comments

Happy New Year! This week at the movies, we’ve got a death trap masquerading as entertainment (Escape Room, starring Deborah Ann Woll and Taylor Russell). What are the critics saying?


Escape Room (2019) 51%

For decades, Hollywood has tapped into the zeitgeist for inspiration to come up with new and inventive ways to scare the pants off audiences, and if there’s any modern phenomenon absolutely ripe for the horror flick treatment, it’s the rising popularity of escape rooms. Enter the aptly titled Escape Room, which brings together six strangers from varying backgrounds to navigate a series of increasingly deadly themed rooms designed to test their mettle — or maybe there’s a more sinister ulterior motive to the proceedings. That’s what the film asks viewers to ponder, anyway, as each character faces the prospect of a violent death by way of clever traps. Critics say Escape Room features some amusing set pieces and effective tension, but its twists are contrived and its death-trap mechanics feel like a derivative mish-mash of the Saw and Final Destination films. It’s likely to satisfy anyone who buys into its set-up, but it may also feel like a puzzle you’ve solved before.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Communion (Komunia) (2019) , a documentary about a 14-year-old girl who has assumed responsibility for her layabout father and autistic brother, is at 100%.
  • Rust Creek (2019) , a thriller about a woman trying to survive and find her way out of the deep woods in Kentucky, is at 82%.
  • Genesis 2.0 (2019) , a documentary tracing the advent of the genetics arms race, is at 70%.
  • State Like Sleep (2019) , starring Katherine Waterston in a thriller about a grieving widow who discovers disturbing things about her late husband’s past, is at 46%.

Tag Cloud

dceu Hallmark 24 frames Walt Disney Pictures hist criterion DC streaming service Mindy Kaling CMT Avengers Peacock Captain marvel National Geographic Black History Month TBS Emmys Black Mirror Action TLC DC Universe ESPN psychological thriller Tarantino 4/20 Amazon Studios casting Mudbound Box Office green book Travel Channel Fantasy New York Comic Con Set visit Sneak Peek Marvel cancelled television CNN TruTV PaleyFest serial killer revenge 71st Emmy Awards historical drama E3 Women's History Month ABC Family Sci-Fi Sundance ratings vampires DGA disaster mission: impossible christmas movies parents President Premiere Dates Apple TV Plus reviews finale sports Bravo canceled FX TV renewals 21st Century Fox blaxploitation Columbia Pictures Character Guide Elton John Sundance Now OWN Winter TV comic Netflix Christmas movies GoT Cosplay mockumentary IFC USA Network YA Comics on TV BET ghosts Creative Arts Emmys discovery Chernobyl dramedy Disney+ Disney Plus VICE American Society of Cinematographers Awards Tour Musicals concert video Music Musical MTV game show kids boxoffice Ellie Kemper cats series RT History period drama GIFs Discovery Channel Mary Tyler Moore Disney Channel Superheroe TV Land cinemax Biopics TCA Tubi Opinion cooking comedies Emmy Nominations The Arrangement child's play crime latino Turner Classic Movies Spike Valentine's Day ABC game of thrones hispanic natural history theme song Comedy Central Marvel Television History anime Marathons Pop TV Masterpiece Dark Horse Comics Apple TV+ dc stand-up comedy true crime thriller children's TV Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Crackle political drama Lionsgate festivals Hulu romance reboot Rocky miniseries war Anna Paquin CBS All Access award winner zero dark thirty WGN werewolf cancelled TV shows TNT sag awards Summer adaptation Brie Larson Netflix Warner Bros. rotten movies we love Nickelodeon A24 Stephen King versus social media VH1 spider-man Lifetime Christmas movies politics Western witnail nature NBC Video Games BBC Watching Series Amazon Prime Video technology Epix Endgame Shondaland police drama DirecTV Apple Star Wars aliens harry potter Sundance TV transformers TCA Winter 2020 diversity Shudder binge Fall TV Horror Countdown Infographic Sony Pictures Funimation television Spring TV Hear Us Out Universal 2015 Spectrum Originals based on movie CW Seed YouTube Red The Purge documentary Holiday Tumblr ITV WarnerMedia Pixar X-Men Academy Awards justice league TCM free movies Adult Swim scary movies San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Studios Pirates Mystery GLAAD sequel robots 2017 FXX south america spy thriller Trailer Kids & Family Nominations CBS 20th Century Fox The CW Pet Sematary Food Network Teen Best and Worst Calendar Mary poppins zombie book canceled TV shows MSNBC E! anthology Year in Review A&E Interview jamie lee curtis APB Disney Reality Competition BBC America Photos teaser Oscars Disney Plus stoner Pride Month slashers docudrama 2016 Tomatazos SundanceTV joker Schedule asian-american The Witch singing competition Amazon Prime Holidays First Reviews Pop IFC Films 45 Rocketman Binge Guide DC Comics Starz comics Showtime zombies facebook streaming LGBTQ Turner mutant Reality Writers Guild of America independent directors toy story Star Trek blockbuster Toys best Cannes Grammys Paramount Network Country cartoon Trophy Talk indie sitcom spanish language Ovation Crunchyroll See It Skip It Britbox a nightmare on elm street biography Winners Super Bowl composers Mary Poppins Returns spinoff cults Lifetime Christmas Election Baby Yoda psycho USA Film Festival Song of Ice and Fire universal monsters what to watch Fox News SXSW Lucasfilm comiccon adventure franchise Rock medical drama YouTube movies cars Esquire RT21 dark Hallmark Christmas movies PBS romantic comedy FX on Hulu space Trivia First Look name the review richard e. Grant cancelled TV series Comic Book Cartoon Network TIFF Certified Fresh OneApp Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Vudu Heroines quibi screenings Acorn TV breaking bad unscripted travel LGBT Podcast Freeform AMC HBO Max cops batman animated Classic Film Television Academy Amazon Awards crime thriller cancelled Quiz Animation SDCC Superheroes Paramount Family golden globes crossover elevated horror HBO Ghostbusters 2020 FOX Drama Syfy movie Arrowverse TCA 2017 Red Carpet Nat Geo spain die hard Disney streaming service renewed TV shows Polls and Games halloween Martial Arts Extras dragons YouTube Premium supernatural doctor who tv talk chucky Logo science fiction crime drama El Rey 007 NYCC dogs foreign The Walking Dead screen actors guild talk show 2018 Rom-Com Comedy TV Film MCU Thanksgiving 2019 strong female leads