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Running Scared Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2014
A functional 1986 actioner about two wisecracking Chicago cops (Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal) and their vendetta against a Latino crime lord (Jimmy Smits).
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Variety Staff
May 27, 2014
No more original or eventful than an average police TV show, so it must sink or swim on the moment-by-moment cleverness of the dialog and the behavioral talents of Hines and Crystal. Fortunately, these elements prove formidable.

TV Guide
May 27, 2014
Wisecracking their way through tough situations and bickering like an old married couple, Hines and Crystal succeed in creating a new buddy team that ranks with the likes of Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 27, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steve Goldman
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Crystal and Hines do flavour the film with genuine warmth, and despite some cheap gags, work well together to produce some truly funny moments.
Paul Greenwood
Future Movies UK
January 14, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 20, 2005
A breezily entertaining buddy-cop movie with too much cutesy shtick for its own good. Gregory Hines is OK, but Billy Crystal is never believable as a Chicago cop.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 18, 2003
Pre-Lethal Weapon mid-80s buddy flick before
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 24, 2003
Relentlessly competent in a TBS Saturday afternoon kind of way.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Crystal and Hines are a great double act. Laughs aplenty.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
November 6, 2001
The most appealing thing about this movie is the charisma and good humour delivered by the two leads.
Read More | Original Score: 64/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This genre is so overpopulated that it hardly seems like we need one more example, and yet "Running Scared" transcends its dreary roots and turns out to be a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2014
"Running Scared" tries to be a light comedy in a violent, comic-book world. That's a difficult juggling act, and director Peter Hyams doesn't pull it off.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 23, 2006
Has all the logic and transitional ease of a Pokémon-style card game played by 5-year-olds who don't understand the rules, so they make up their own as they go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 21, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5

May 24, 2003
If you're sure there's nothing else to do.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Another, thoroughly depressing demonstration of the extent to which television now dictates the style and the manners of so many of the movies we see in theaters.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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