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Running Scared (2006)

tomatometer

40

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 77

This film runs with frenetic energy punctuated by gratuitous violence but sorely lacks in plot, character development and stylistic flair.

30

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 26

This film runs with frenetic energy punctuated by gratuitous violence but sorely lacks in plot, character development and stylistic flair.

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80

liked it
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 134,768

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Movie Info

A minor crook finds himself in major peril when a "hot" weapon goes missing in this violent crime thriller. Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is a low-level "mechanic" in the Mafia who hopes to rise through the ranks by doing whatever is needed. One night, a drug deal goes very wrong when police show up and try to close down the operation; shots break out and a battle ensues, with a pair of of cops meeting a particularly violent fate at bad end of a gun barrel. Joey is given the gun that killed the

R,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Wayne Kramer

Jun 6, 2006

$6.7M

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (77) | DVD (22)

With audiences jaded by the usual sex and splatter, do the filmmakers have no qualms about juicing up proceedings with edgy but troubling material which clearly needs more conscientious handling? Apparently not.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Presumably patterned after Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, but substantially more graphic, there is surely an audience for this empty brutality, but you would not want to know anyone to whom this picture appeals.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Comments (3)
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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.

March 1, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It says something when the most sympathetic character is a kid who shoots his dad with a stolen pistol.

February 28, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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It's ugly and it's vile and it's disgusting and it's creepy and it just got tiresome.

February 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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Ethnic stereotyping, moral qualms and plot improbabilities aside, you just wish a movie like Running Scared wasn't so anxious to be exciting all the time: It gets so monotonous.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Wayne Kramer's latest film is a hard-hitting, visceral, over-the-top extravaganza of blood and bullets that doesn't let up for one second.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

The action throughout Running Scared is involving and fast-paced enough that you don't notice the number of cliches being invoked in this film.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Running Scared exists in that world of movies where there are no good guys - just bad guys, worse guys and worst guys.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

A well-acted piece that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the films of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

An example of a film I recommend just because it tickled my undercarriage.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A montagem eficiente, com transições intrigantes, confere ritmo ao filme, que também se beneficia com a atuação surpreendentemente intensa de Walker. Pena que o roteiro seja tão implausível e o final, tão absurdamente ridículo.

June 14, 2006
Cinema em Cena

There's something films like this reflect in our nature... that we seem to delight in propped up monsters that give the protagonist an excuse to behave like one.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Stylish, rollicking post-Tarantino trash which does the business at such a pace you barely notice its preposterousness.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

You suspect you're in for a violent film when it opens with several balaclava-faced men in black bursting in on a group of thugs whose conversation is limited to constructions around the words ****** or whore. With "Running Scared " your suspicions would

March 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

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

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

This is a vile, violent film with no raison d'etre.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

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

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

If you love over-stylized gunshots and action sequences, Running Scared is likely to be one big ol' kinetic romp of bloody fun that'll have you pulling out the Kleenex and appreciating all over the place.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

We haven't even mentioned the hockey puck torture scene, or the relentless ricochetting camerawork, or the multiple last minute switcheroos -- it's got more endings than Lord Of The Rings.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

If you've ever wanted to see Paul Walker get repeatedly smashed in the teeth with a hockey puck then this is the movie for you.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The film's moral compass swings wildly out of control, blanketed in all manner of hyper-violent digital gore effects and a thick, black nausea of the soul. It's not even fun watching the monsters get their just deserts; it's just depressing.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Where Running Scared is concerned I'm a victim who has decided, maybe unwisely, not to press charges.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Trying for a Tarantino-like riff on ultra-violence and over-the-top police corruption ... 'Running Scared' is a film noir on steroids.

March 9, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

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19/12/2012 (MP4)
December 28, 2012
EightThirty

Super Reviewer

One problem roles into a series of very unfortunate events in this thrilling Action movie. A grittier role than most of Walker's and one that suited him well. An evolving story, with some great visual effects from the camera shots. You don't have time to be bored!!!
February 25, 2012
76Majikat

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A passionate and excellently made action film where writer/director Kramer invites you to interpret and engage with his hyper-reality. A tour through America's problems or a fairytale? His characters are grotesques and his world is simultaneously hilarious and painfully sad.

I don't know why this isn't considered a modern day classic. Die Hard meets Fellini? No. But maybe.
October 18, 2011
Max Coombes

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