Hah, that kind of made me LOL.
"As a doctor from the lunatic asylum that the killer has escaped from, Donald Pleasence is solid and forceful; enunciating in the impeccable tradition of Lionel Atwill, he delivers idiotic exposition about e-vil. Sometimes you think he's going to have to cross his eyes to keep a straight face."
I wonder what Kael thought of Pleasance in the sequels, where he hammed it up to an embarrassing degree, or for that matter, Escape From New York. You're the A-1 king baby!!!!
Carpenter said the film was totally trashed by every critic when it came out and then when it was a hit they all went back and re-reviewed it. Ebert appeared to give it 4 stars off the bat; Kael appears from the last sentence to have written this after the hit.