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
(The Running Man movie review at Variety)
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
(The Running Man movie review at www.susangranger.com)
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
(The Running Man movie review at F5 (Wichita, KS))
Jake Euker — F5 (Wichita, KS)
(The Running Man movie review at EmanuelLevy.Com)
Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com
(The Running Man movie review at Star-Democrat (Easton, MD))
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
(The Running Man movie review at Reeling Reviews)
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
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