The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle) Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 28, 2003
A tolerable alternative when everything else playing at the mall is sold out on Saturday night.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 27, 2003
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September 27, 2003
The Rundown, like many recent action movies, is aggressively adolescent.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
The Rock ... has a special quality.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
Will probably make a star of the Rock.
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USA Today
September 26, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 26, 2003
Too often brings guffaws at all the wrong moments, when it's not being simply too stupid for words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 26, 2003
While you won't exactly walk out humming the plot, The Rundown should go down quite decently with popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2003
A witty, fast-paced action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 26, 2003
The film vacillates between balmy stabs at humor and milking its sodden social conscience. Meanwhile the script devolves into people yelling 'Shut up!' at each other.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 26, 2003
A fun ride.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 26, 2003
Don't expect new horizons in the annals of odd-couple, comedy-action flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
September 26, 2003
A brisk, good- hearted but predictable and uninspired -- not to mention bone-crunchingly violent -- action comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 26, 2003
It's more fun than most of what passed for popcornsellers this past summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 26, 2003
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's decision to pursue a movie career is good news for anyone who believes that one Vin Diesel simply isn't enough.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 26, 2003
The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it doesn't leave you wishing you had stayed home, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2003
The Rundown offers everything a good movie of this sort should: plenty of suspenseful action, a few good laughs, and a share of obligatory 'reluctant buddy' bonding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2003
The Rundown wants to stand out in a movie market gorged with action. But it regurgitates commercial dictates rather than carving a new path. At least it relies on a diverse, charismatic cast, rather than on spectacular carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 26, 2003
Connoisseurs of Christopher Walken, and there are some hard-core addicts lurking about, will have good reason to take in The Rundown -- they can add a few more riches to their treasure chest of Wonky Walken Moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 26, 2003
A sure-fire audience-pleaser that makes up for its dearth of ideas and originality with spunk, a self-effacing smirk and gobs of humor.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 26, 2003
The Rundown understands how to take itself seriously and have fun, and gives respect to an audience that usually doesn't deserve any.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 26, 2003
One of those efforts that will please the crowd it was made for.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 26, 2003
Rife with chases, explosions, boyish banter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 26, 2003
The jungle locations give the film a texture and beauty that underlines the outsized characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 26, 2003
The Rock ought to expand his horizons and get himself a nice, quiet comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 26, 2003
Without comprehensive scientific data, it's hard to determine whether the Rock is igneous or metamorphic, but his latest film is definitively moronic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 25, 2003
Loads of goofy fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 25, 2003
A strictly formulaic action picture that suggests some of Mr. Schwarzenegger's early, low-budget vehicles, like Commando and Raw Deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2003
For much of the film, Berg is content to act like a Michael Bay wannabe, orchestrating large action set pieces that get increasingly tiresome and WWE-like as individuals get mindlessly slammed into the dust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Katherine Leal Unmuth
Dallas Morning News
September 25, 2003
If you're looking for action-adventure, director Peter Berg has delivered in terms of explosiveness, but not with character development.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 25, 2003
The Rundown has what we usually want to see in movies like this: bravura action, tongue-in-cheek humor, but most of all attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 25, 2003
The Rock has a flair for action and comedy; he's a real movie star.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 25, 2003
A surprisingly airy, jungle-set adventure, boisterously winking at Huston, Peckinpah and the same Saturday-morning serials that birthed Indiana Jones.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 25, 2003
A big, happy bruiser of a buddy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2003
The wildly asinine crack-up derby that XXX should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 22, 2003
... a great action ride that's funnier than most pure comedies.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2003
A high-testosterone Amazon adventure with a comic slant.