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The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle) (2003)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 43

The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 11

The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott.



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Beck (The Rock) is a "retrieval specialist" in hock to a powerful and not particularly nice gentleman named Walker (William Lucking). Beck is anxious to retire from his dangerous work and open a small restaurant. Walker tells Beck he'll be free and clear with enough cash to fulfill his dream if he does one more job. He sends Beck into the Brazilian rainforest to bring back his wayward son, Travis (Seann William Scott). Travis is down there looking for a legendary idol, El Gato Diablo, which he


Action & Adventure, Comedy

James Vanderbilt, R.J. Stewart

Mar 23, 2004


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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (43) | DVD (30)

A tolerable alternative when everything else playing at the mall is sold out on Saturday night.

September 28, 2003 Full Review Source:
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The Rock ... has a special quality.

September 26, 2003
Washington Post
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Will probably make a star of the Rock.

September 26, 2003
Washington Post
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If Arnold Schwarzenegger had made a movie this tepid in his Commando/Terminator heyday, burned fans would be suggesting that he pursue some tenure as a Fresno alderman.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Too often brings guffaws at all the wrong moments, when it's not being simply too stupid for words.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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While you won't exactly walk out humming the plot, The Rundown should go down quite decently with popcorn.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Mildly entertaining action movie with The Rock.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I think you can smell what the Rock is cooking: a dish that'll fatten your head but pleasantly plump your gut. [Blu-ray]

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Sounds worse the more you talk about it.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

If, like me, you dismissed The Rundown as just another stupid action vehicle for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - get in the apology line behind me

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's Midnight Run with added insects but with only a twentieth of the humour and a hundredth of the charm.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's slick, it's loud, and it's catalyzing--a gadfly of a film from a subversive filmmaker approaching the mainstream but not quite there yet.

April 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

O diretor Peter Berg e sua equipe foram assaltados quando estiveram no Brasil à procura de locações. Pois bem: eles se vingaram - e este longa é a prova disto.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

[L]ikely to cement The Rock's place at the top of the current action hero pile.

February 28, 2004 Full Review

A letdown, more marketing tool than movie.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It's a fun ride and a throwback to the kind of action movies that were popular in the 1980s, the days before ... special effects dominated every frame.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

[T]he plot and the characters and the action set pieces all have to be built around an action star. The Rundown... indicates that the Rock is ready to be that star.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

Worth the chase, the Rundown is simple entertainment at it's best.

November 25, 2003 Full Review
Kansas City Star

One of those failed adventure yarns in which the character interaction is forced to make up for other shortcomings.

November 4, 2003
Creative Loafing

The Rock is the action star of the new millennium, and his charismatic presence in The Rundown solidifies that.

October 24, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A smart, fun actioner.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Not a single character behaves with any logic at all, but at least they're colourful and energetic enough to keep our interest.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It shows potential for a new franchise and a new star, or stars, in the genre.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

If you can smell what The Rock is cooking, then get a sensational whiff of his homemade cinematic snack known as the giddy and glossy executed The Rundown

October 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

The final action flick of the summer is in fact the best.

October 3, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Far and away one of the most enjoyable, not to mention best-made, action comedies since the original Lethal Weapon.

October 3, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle)

I only liked the action scenes.
September 20, 2012
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

By the numbers jungle actioner with some cool stunt sequences - and Christopher Walken oppressing the natives! - but missing the essential wet tee shirt teaser that is one of the hallmarks of this genre.
July 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

It's so nice when you can still have movies like this come out. This is such a well rounded story with great characters, beautiful cinematography and a little bit of comedy thrown in. The Rock shows again how awesome a human being he is with his physical force and cooking skills, not to mention a great sense of humor. Seann William Scott plays really well off of him and they make for such a great team. This also manages to be a great action/adventure movie without being over the top or too crude for some people, it's truly one of the most accessible movies of its kind.
September 9, 2010

Super Reviewer

The Rundown is a good little action comedy film. Though flawed at times, and somewhat confusing in it's action sequences, this film is quite enjoyable, and a lot of fun. Christopher Walken delivers yet a great performance. The Rundown is a good mix of action and comedy, and The Rock and Sean William Scott deliver good comedic performances. The film has well thought out action sequences, and Walken is delightfully evil. This film though good, is slightly overrated. I felt that the film was missing something to make this film really special. But for what it is, The Rundown is a pleasant time waster. This one film that you can watch and have a good time. There's plenty of laughs and action here to please anyone who's looking for a good action comedy film. However, for me this is a film that requires repeat viewings to really enjoy it. No matter what your stance is on the film afterwards, you will be entertained nonetheless.
September 4, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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