It's not quite Network, but then it also doesn't take itself too seriously.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
The message is irrelevant. It's still the Olympian myth, albeit in a Lycra leotard, that counts with the Arn Man.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
You want to know if The Running Man is a good-time macho show, right? Stay at home and watch professional wrestling.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The movie's problem is that all of the action scenes are versions of the same scenario.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Dean Essner - Variety
Schwarzenegger sadistically dispatches the baddies, enunciating typical wisecrack remarks (many repeated from his previous films), but it's all too easy.
Variety Staff - Variety
A brainless, breathless thrill.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
It's an arcade-game romp done with flair.
Dean Essner - Film4
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Only Richard Dawson -- brilliantly cast -- redeems this mess with a superior performance.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The fun of the movie is really in its premise, its cool confrontations between Arny & villains, the cheezy one-liners and Maria Conchita-Alonso in tights!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Pretty warmed-over stuff, this future world of the terminal TV game shows, and director Glaser fails to muster much pace and punch.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Richard Dawson's best performance in a film.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
The licenses taken with King's original tale only serve to make a more effective movie.
Scott Weinberg - Apollo Guide
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The story concept is good, and the film has plenty of fun and campy moments, but it’s also a little goofy.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
We can only hope network execs that are watching don't get any funny ideas.
Pete Croatto - Filmcritic.com
Cheesy, witty, enjoyable Arnold pic.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Another guilty pleasure from the Schwarzenegger catalog
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The picture fails to please beyond its glossy surface, cheap thrills, and crazed Richard Dawson cameo. Hmm ... maybe that's not such a bad thing.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The movie lacks any real tension and seems to be a host of fight scenes hastily added together.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page