The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle) Reviews

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Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
October 3, 2003
Far and away one of the most enjoyable, not to mention best-made, action comedies since the original Lethal Weapon.
| Original Score: 4/4
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot
October 2, 2003
The Rundown is cleverly written and thoroughly entertaining.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 2, 2003
Aided by a strong cast and a smart script, The Rock makes The Rundown one of this year's premiere action movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Grove
Film Threat
October 1, 2003
What's fun about the film are its goofy sense of humor, wild and crazy stunts, and the cheerful willingness of The Rock to poke fun at himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
The screenplay ... is the sort of mishmash of action-hero and mismatched buddy-movie clichés that makes obsessive action-film geeks, such as myself and the friend I attended the screening with, gnaw our lips off in sheer desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 1, 2003
The fights almost make up for the excessively juvenile humor and a portrayal of Brazil that's as ridiculous as the depictions of Africa in old Tarzan movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 1, 2003
The Rundown stomps about to its own nutty rhythm. Unlike the abysmal The Scorpion King, it's a movie that leaves you slaphappy, not slapping your forehead.
| Original Score: 3/4
Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com
September 30, 2003
With a summer as full of action movies as this one, you wouldn't think there'd be room for one more, yet "The Rundown" manages to keep an air of freshness without doing anything terribly new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 30, 2003
It is slick, has a solid screenplay, a great action hero in The Rock, and a good supporting cast of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 30, 2003
Within the context of the script's gradual decline, The Rundown's faults narrowly outweigh its virtues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
September 30, 2003
Johnson ... keeps it engaging.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 30, 2003
I've been placing all my money on Vin Diesel, but it's time to hedge my bets: The Rock is the action star for this generation.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 30, 2003
Shows The Rock's promise as an action star. A better director would have let him deliver on that promise.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 29, 2003
The plot is a particularly hapless Indiana Jones rip-off, which makes the mind-numbingly frantic and dull action sequences a fatal liability.
| Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 29, 2003
A perfectly delightful comedy adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 29, 2003
Passable entertainment that is notable primarily as The Rock's successful vehicle to action stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
September 29, 2003
The Rock's acting skills are treading water midway between the island of infinitesimal and the isthmus of immeasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
September 28, 2003
Even when The Rock's not kicking some bad guy's butt, he's still extremely believable and entertaining to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
September 28, 2003
It's hardly original but The Rundown still manages to be great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 28, 2003
Despite the occasional dry patch, The Rundown is too good-natured to resist for long.
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