At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."
-David DenbyFull Review
It's cliched, ridiculous, and very entertaining.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
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 WhittyFull Review
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 GossFull Review
"Lockout" is meat-and-potatoes filmmaking at its most basic.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
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 SmithFull Review
It does a splendid job of putting the pale into imitation and draining the life out of derivative.
-Rick GroenFull Review
There's cheap, and then there's this rip-off.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Most of the time "Lockout" is pleasant enough, not something to recommend to a friend, but enjoyable in the moment.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
Mostly "Lockout" is lost in space.
-Betsy SharkeyFull Review
A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy...
-Scott BowlesFull Review
"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 DargisFull Review
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 BarnardFull Review
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 RussoFull Review
"Lockout" never busts out of its cheesy concept.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
Lockout is genre all the way. The film wears its colors proudly, but it also, alas, wears out its welcome.
-Steven ReaFull Review
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 PhillipsFull Review
I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
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 OgleFull Review
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 SchwarzbaumFull Review
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 EbertFull Review
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.
-Roger MooreFull Review
Yes, it's cheesy and derivative. But Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace elevate the material, and it never takes itself seriously.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
Movies like this are supposed to be ridiculous on some level. It's part of the fun. But, dang.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
Cavalierly conceived, generically titled and derivatively plotted. It feels like a missed chance because Pearce and Grace came ready to play.
-Jake CoyleFull Review
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 PinkertonFull Review
Witty one-liners compensate for cliched plotting and cheesy effects in this sci-fi action thriller.
-Frank ScheckFull Review
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 KennyFull Review
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 ChangFull Review
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 BrayFull Review