Keith Adams Jr.’s review published on Letterboxd:
You might recall in my Escape From New York review that I would get to the sequel real soon. Real soon is now. They switch the location from NYC to Los Angeles, where (like the first movie) it has become an island prison and (again like the first movie) Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) must infiltrate L.A. and (almost like the first movie) must retrieve both the rebellious daughter of the President (Cliff Robertson) and a doomsday device that has fallen into the wrong hands. If Snake fails the mission, he dies (just like the....ohh, you get it!). As you can see, it's a modified retread of the first movie and that alone is the reason why it's only worth watching once. There is some redeeming qualities though, like the fact that genre icons Bruce Campbell and Pam Grier are part of the ensemble as the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills and Carjack Malone, respectively. The visual effects, however, are a real eyesore (don't get me started on the surfing scene).