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Dead Man Running (2009)

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10

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 19

Poor performances, stiff dialogue, flat characters, and an unimaginative stab at the mood of the Guy Ritchie crime caper make Dead Man Running into a hooligan tale with little to offer.

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Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 1

Poor performances, stiff dialogue, flat characters, and an unimaginative stab at the mood of the Guy Ritchie crime caper make Dead Man Running into a hooligan tale with little to offer.

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52

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 8,594

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Movie Info

Two desperate criminals (Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan) race to raise $100,000 in just 24 hour hours in order to pay off a ruthless drug kingpin (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) in this stylish action thriller from writer/director Alex De Rakoff. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Aug 17, 2010

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (19) | DVD (1)

This budget-conscious, simplistically plotted and often cringingly performed crime caper is not quite as inauspicious a producing debut as one might have expected.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Hardly an unpleasant ride to take, but this is ultimately the epitome of disposable entertainment.

June 5, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

If Guy Ritchie lost interest while making another cockney-geezer caper and tried to get himself sacked by deliberately turning in half-hearted work, the result of his non-efforts might look something like this film.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A little uncertain in tone, but brisk and likely to go down well with the patrons of Albert Square's Queen Vic.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The real issue is that these are all stock characters with nothing to say, which leaves them feeling stiff and uninteresting.

November 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It has a quality cast, but we've run round this track too many times, while the script jogs from scene to scene without any surprises.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Too dark and cumbersome as a comedy, too weak and unlikely as a drama, this retro Ritchie wannabe has an eye-catching cast but can't decide between the cartoon and the kitchen sink.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Dead Man Running feels like something cobbled together after a cynical producer saw Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and decided to cash in. Except it is ten years too late.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It'll shift serious DVD units, and is not as bad as it could have been.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Without a steady build of tension, 90 minutes ends up feeling like two hours. More like Dead Man Plodding.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Neither a total shambles or a triumph, it should appeal to fans of the cockney crime genre. Anyone else may find it a right pain in the Khyber.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The combined effect is amiable rubbish embodied by Dyer, who continues to walk a tightrope between laughing stock and national treasure.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It ticks all the right boxes for the Brit crime genre and won't disappoint fans of Guy Ritchie's oeuvre, even if it lacks the flair that once made the latter's films so popular.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

About as entertaining as a goalless draw at Accrington Stanley.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Alongside football hooliganism, mad cow disease and Joss Stone, the modern British crime movie may be the export of which we're least proud.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This British gangster movie has nicked the style and plot of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, well, er, lock and stock.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Is there any way of stemming the flow of post-Guy Ritchie cockney crime comedies? Would, say, sticking Danny Dyer's head on a pike somewhere in Bethnal Green be enough of a deterrent? Because I for one would be willing to pay that price.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Dead Man Running feels like the last gasp of the Guy Ritchie dodgy deals and diamond geezers genre.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

To be fair, as Danny Dyer movies go, Dead Man Running is better than average, thanks to his likeable chemistry with Hassan and a lively, if predictable plot.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The plot's a total shambles. The message (rob, pillage and snort your way to a no-consequences happy ending) stinks.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Audience Reviews for Dead Man Running

My predicted rating: 3 stars

If I said I watched a film about some friends in London who borrowed 100k and have a time limit in which to pay it back to some Gangsters, whilst trying to juggle lots of distracting characters along the way, throw in a bare knuckle boxer, a fixed bet and a famous name from across the pond, you'd think it had Guy Ritchie written all over it!

With a full cast of British Actors (and one 50 Cent), the idea is clearly based on the Guy Ritchie films, but not quite as stylish. It was predictable in parts and both Dyer and Hassan are their usual typecast selves, but when all is said and done, it was quite funny in parts and made for easy watching, Brenda Blethyn was comical and provided the best performance of the film and all in all it was an easy watching, enjoyable copycat film.
August 28, 2011
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

First of all, don't pass on this because 50 cent is listed in the cast. He has about 7 min of scenes...and trust me, that's more than enough. This movie definitely had that British action comedy vibe, but I laughed out loud more than a few times (plus a few giggles), and was thoroughly entertained. The characters were really good - the star, his sidekick, the mom, and the girlfriend were all pretty funny. Definitely worth a watch!
November 29, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

A smart, stylish, funny and hugely enjoyable crime-thriller. An edgy, fun and cool as hell adrenaline-pumping thrill-ride. It packs a great amount of twist, surprises, humor and great characters. A sharp and well-crafted crime film. It be a crime to miss it. It echos of the slick, cool groove of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Tammer Hassan and Danny Dyer are fantastic together. Curtis Jackson gives an exceptional performance.
November 22, 2010
allan913

Super Reviewer

To be fair, as Danny Dyer movies go, Dead Man Running is better than average, thanks to his likeable chemistry with Hassan and a lively, if predictable plot. But Dead Man Running feels like something cobbled together after a cynical producer saw Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and decided to cash in. Except it is ten years too late.
March 8, 2010
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