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Running Scared

Drama . Crime . Action . Thriller

After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun before the police and the mob find them first.

Actors: Bruce Altman , Michael Cudlitz , Alex Neuberger , Ivana Miličević , Johnny Messner , Karel Roden , Chazz Palminteri , Vera Farmiga , Cameron Bright , Paul Walker
Directors: Wayne Kramer
Country: GERMANY , USA
Release: 2006-02-24
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  • Mick LaSalle

    It's a pumped-up, intricate and fast-moving yarn that never flags and continues to play out in unexpected ways as it unravels.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Paul "Surfer Boy" Walker turns in a very credible action performance if you give him a Jersey accent, cover him in grime and beat the ever-loving tar out of him for two hours.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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. It throws in everything but the kitchen sink. Then it throws in the kitchen sink, too, and the combo washer-dryer in the laundry room, while the hero and his wife are having sex on top of it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Running Scared is a vicious and brutal B-movie jacked up to hysterical, hallucinatory proportions -- a pulpy, violent action picture that torments the viewer as much as its characters, and I mean that as a compliment.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    If Running Scared had come out in 1994, before "Pulp Fiction," it - and Kramer - would be hailed as blazingly original. But questions of originality notwithstanding, there's plenty of blazing going on here.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    It's way too violent and perversely excessive for many tastes, but there's more to its outrages than meets the eye, and that second look is well worth taking.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    If you like kinetic movies about crime, criminals, and all sorts of bad behavior, Running Scared will catch and hold your attention.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Ferraro

    An overly ambitious guilty pleasure with enough action and violence to keep you interested, it just doesn’t have much else.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Jessica Letkemann

    Ultimately, it is a serviceable, well-made thriller that earns its R rating.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    There also are hints of Doug Liman and Tony Scott to be found in this hopped-up, bullet-riddled crime thriller, but while certain sequences pack an admitted visceral kick, the prevailing effect is one of utter overkill.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Running Scared's relationship to "The Cooler" is roughly that of industrial metal to a quaint torch song.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Even a talented lead couldn't save Mr. Kramer from himself. As a writer, he may have fashioned a genre-busting screenplay, one that has its postmodern cake and eats it, too, but as a director he proves himself as blood simple, if generally less adept, as any Hollywood hire.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    There's no denying that viewers not prepared for the relentless stream of nasty personalities, profane invective and bone-crunching violence are in for a very long sit.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Not surprisingly, 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."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The ugliness on display in Running Scared has neither "Sin City's" context nor its wit, and it offers little more than stylish excess for its own sake, with no clear aspirations other than to twist people's arms until they yelp "Uncle."

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Running Scared is decently acted and divertingly brutal, but it's also a giant step backward for its maker.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Writer-director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) is about as skilled at storytelling as Walker is at acting, which is to say not very.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    The whole movie is some kind of joke, a sick one to be savored by a certain segment of the movie audience. You know who you are.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Running Scared has some camp value as the kind of midnight movie you can laugh at (not with), but it isn't so much imitation Tarantino as it is imitation imitation Tarantino.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Clark

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Scott Brown

    Running is a fevered smashup, as if Hollywood dug up Sam Peckinpah's corpse and forced it to adapt "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" for the screen.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    A vicious, incoherent shoot-'em-up.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Running Scared could become a cult classic.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    When promising independent filmmakers decide to jump on the bandwagon and pump up the gore, the results are sure to be touted as visceral and unflinching. Don't be fooled. Kramer has even commented that the movie should be viewed as a modern-day Grimm's fairy tale. It's grim all right.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Bill White

    Writer/director Wayne Kramer's approach to storytelling is to withhold any information that might give away the plot.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The result is an out-of-control, lost-in-the-funhouse experience.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's not just a bad movie it actually manages to suck the very hope out of the air, leaving behind a cinematic vacuum populated by mobsters, sadists, pedophiliac demon-people, and an overwhelming sense of futility that just makes you want to run in the other direction.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's lower on the food chain than a mere exploitation picture because it clings so desperately to the notion that it's a serious movie about violence; it doesn't even have enough integrity to serve up cheap, sick thrills for their own sake. Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    Running Scared is so desperate and surreally stupid that all you would have to do to see it as a brilliant sendup of everything that is corrupt, vulgar, sad, deluded and bad-for-you about Hollywood is squint.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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