Running Scared Reviews

  • (Running Scared movie review at MovieWeb)

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • A giddily awful, awfully giddy action noir.

    Scott Brown — Entertainment Weekly

  • In the gleefully violent Running Scared, the writer and director Wayne Kramer tries to go over the rainbow and put a self-consciously bloody spin on once upon a time.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • No one in their right minds could call this a good film, but it's certainly unique.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • A potential howler done in by a tendency to wear too much body tissue on its sleeve.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • Everything feels begged, borrowed and stolen from other better movies, from Quentin Tarantino's exclamation-point violence to the slo-mo bullet trajectory shots from The Matrix.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • A depressing piece of gun-crazy Hollywood scuzz that, with its gassy style and runaway immorality, makes a Tony Scott movie look like a Robert Bresson picture.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The filmmaker whose work this most resembles is Guy Ritchie, except that Kramer actually seems to be taking himself seriously

    Luke Y. Thompson — Village Voice

  • This overlong fantasy of urban violence is so far over the top -- you might as well be watching a computer monitor while somebody else has a high time playing the video game Grand Theft Auto.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • But even beyond its sleazy pandering and sensationalism, the film's worst transgression is its exploitation of young children.

    Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle

  • (Running Scared movie review at Dallas Morning News)

    Dean Essner — Dallas Morning News

  • Running Scared is about as hard an "R" rating as you can get, with buckets of blood, full- frontal nudity and swearing that would peel gum from the sidewalk.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • Running Scared goes so far over the top, it circumnavigates the top and doubles back on itself; it's the Mobius Strip of over-the-topness. I am in awe.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • There's clearly supposed to be tension between Joey's good and bad sides. Sure, he's a mobster, but he's also a family man, which makes him... gray. (Not black and white = very sophisticated.)

    Allison Benedikt — Chicago Tribune

  • This is the kind of movie where character development consists of a guy mentioning in passing he has a meth lab in his back yard.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • An exhilarating bloodbath of a film, Running Scared may not be perfect, but it's got adrenaline, wild eyes and sleaze to spare.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's like a gruesome merry-go-round filled with unpleasant characters and bad acting.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • The end result of all these cross-mob confrontations is an orgy of nihilistic violence that is curiously exhilarating, I am almost ashamed to say.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • A ferociously energetic piece of filmmaking, Running Scared makes the seedy Vegas milieu of writer-director Wayne KramerWayne Kramer's first feature, The Cooler, look as tasteful as The Sound of Music.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Kramer seems to be aping Quentin Tarantino's brilliant tangents in Pulp Fiction, but he doesn't have Tarantino's imagination or gift for dialogue.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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