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Run Lola Run (Lola rennt) (1998)

tomatometer

93

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 6

More fun than a barrel of Jean-Paul Sartre, pic's energy riffs on an engaging love story and really human performances while offering a series of what-ifs and a blood-stirring soundtrack.

95

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 1

More fun than a barrel of Jean-Paul Sartre, pic's energy riffs on an engaging love story and really human performances while offering a series of what-ifs and a blood-stirring soundtrack.

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Tom Tykwer directed this German thriller in which Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) handled a smuggling job, delivered the loot, collected the payment, left the bag on the subway, and now has 20 minutes to gather 100,000 deutsche marks or confront the wrath of his boss, local criminal Ronnie (Heino Ferch). Desperate, Manni phones his girlfriend Lola (Franka Potente) who immediately runs downstairs and through Berlin streets to the bank run by her father (Herbert Knaup). However, she's rejected and leaves

Dec 21, 1999

Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (6) | DVD (24)

Run Lola Run is fun, fun, fun.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Cleverly juggling the elements and encounters of a simple thriller scenario by using multiple viewpoints and a domino effect to create different destinies...

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Not only does Lola run, she takes this hyperkinetic pop culture firecracker of a film with her.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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...a sort of power-pop variation on the mystical time-bending Euro-art movies made by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A film of nonstop motion and visual invention.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Teenagers with a taste for the offbeat may enjoy.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Run Lola Run takes a few moments to muse about the nature of time and the purpose of man... But its real agenda is the purpose of woman.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Accompanied by techno music and populated by young and likeable "hip" protagonists, Run Lola Run is very pleasing to the eyes and ears of its viewers.

February 16, 2005 Full Review

despite its brittle techno-punk rhythms and spots of nihilism... this is sort of a throwback to the days before the talkies

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

When you drop a reality-based attitude and go with the flow, Run Lola Run leaves you slightly breathless with admiration.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Run Lola Run could very well be the punchiest piece of concept art to ever hit the silver screen, a shock-dose of German existential cinema you can ride.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Tom Twyker's frenzied directing is never dull, and casting his girlfriend [Franka] Potente in the role was a smart choice.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

All the actors do perform excellently in their roles, but the star here is the director Tom Tykwer. The layering of the imagery, soundtrack, and the pacing all come together to outshine any performance by a single actor.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

Compared to the alternate scenarios envisioned in Sliding Doors or Blind Chance, Run Lola Run comes across as pedestrian.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

this goofy, audacious, visually stylized omnibus of what-ifs that operates on its own peculiar logic, and powers along with the force of a truck on the Autobahn.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The populist bang of Speed meets snobbish, espresso-fueled elitism.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

For writer and director Tykwer, the meaning of life is strongly colored by small incidents of coincidence.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Run Lola Run sets new standards for the cinema of hysteria.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

...it's a stylistic triumph--swift, witty, consistently dazzling to behold.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Every tick of the 81 minutes in Run Lola Run is pounding with kinetic energy and double-espresso adrenaline, like a marathon inside a rave inside a fusion reactor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

What a blast!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Run Lola Run is a high-octane pulse-pounder driven by style, speed, deviously clever flourishes, and a driving techno-beat--a film that moves so fast it almost breaks free of its limited orbit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

Audience Reviews for Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)

Lola has twenty minutes to find a way to get 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend across town before he gets whacked. Problem is, she's broke, but fortunately, she gets a couple do-overs. Experimental but accessible, Lola schemes (and runs) nonstop through this frenetic thriller/drama; breathers are for subplots and flashbacks. She's going to need a new sports bra when this is all over.
April 6, 2014
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Faster, go, go, go, rent it!

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 7/18
July 8, 2013
spielberg00

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A young woman receives a phone call from her boyfriend telling her that if he doesn't get 100,000 Deutchmarks within 20 minutes he's a dead man. It tells of the consequences of the phone call in 20 minutes of real time three times over, each containing a slightly differing timeline, thus showing how minor incidents or coincidence can have a massive knock on effect to not only your life, but those around you. Run Lola Run is very much a product of its time; the techno soundtrack, grunge fashion and fascination with the mathematics of probability (ie "the butterfly effect") all reek of the 1990s, but Run Lola Run still feels strangely fresh, probably because of its brisk, no-nonsense pace and 75 minute running time meaning it never gets too caught up in pretentious navel gazing. I could have lived without some of the directorial affectations that made it feel a little too much like a music video in places, and the coincidences are of course extremely unlikely, but the urban crime element gives it a Luc Besson-esque flavour that makes for an entertaining and original experience.
March 22, 2013
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It's the choices you make that lead you to the situation of the present , not life by itself.
This flickr deals with the pleasure of trying any possibility until achieving the best one .Unfortunately everybody's life doesn't come with such instructions to it's manual...
September 28, 2012
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