- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, September 07, 2011
Ultimately the script's often sharp social satire is drowned out by the noise and confusion. It is also undercut by casting virtually all the psychopathically murderous criminals as minority-group members.
- Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, July 25, 2010
Nearly all the SF premises are accorded the status of Andrew Dice Clay one-liners -- which means that they, along with the characters, keep changing from one scene to the next.
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, April 30, 2008
A noisy, soulless, self-conscious pastiche that mixes elements of sci-fi, action-adventure and romance, then pours on a layer of comedy replete with Hollywood in-jokes.
- Emanuel Levy, Variety, April 30, 2008
Forget your preconceptions, but not your brain cells and sense of irony.
- , Time Out, January 26, 2006
Demolition Man is a significant artifact of our time or, at least, of this week.
- Vincent Canby, New York Times, May 20, 2003
Demolition Man is sleek and empty as well as brutal and pointless. It feels computer engineered, untouched by human hands. A real pod movie.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 12, 2001
In the end, that's all this film is: flames, flying bullets, and special effects. It could be worse, I suppose, but as long as people go into this film with their eyes open, there shouldn't be any surprises.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, January 01, 2000
Basically, Demolition Man is a futuristic cop picture with slightly more imagination and wit than the typical example of the slash-and-burn genre.
- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, January 01, 2000
- , Entertainment Weekly, October 08, 1993