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The Running Man Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 5, 2013
Give the movie credit for being prescient: Given the disgusting rise and success of reality TV, it's not difficult at all to imagine fans of garbage like Survivor or Jersey Shore easily turning into the audience for a deathsport show like The Running Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
April 30, 2008
Schwarzenegger sadistically dispatches the baddies, enunciating typical wisecrack remarks (many repeated from his previous films), but it's all too easy.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 30, 2008
A brainless, breathless thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2008
It's an arcade-game romp done with flair.

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
Only Richard Dawson -- brilliantly cast -- redeems this mess with a superior performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 25, 2006
The fun of the movie is really in its premise, its cool confrontations between Arny & villains, the cheezy one-liners and Maria Conchita-Alonso in tights!
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Pretty warmed-over stuff, this future world of the terminal TV game shows, and director Glaser fails to muster much pace and punch.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 21, 2004
Richard Dawson's best performance in a film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It's not quite Network, but then it also doesn't take itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
August 23, 2004
The licenses taken with King's original tale only serve to make a more effective movie.
Read More | Original Score: 79/100
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 14, 2004
The story concept is good, and the film has plenty of fun and campy moments, but it’s also a little goofy.
| Original Score: B-
Pete Croatto
February 5, 2004
We can only hope network execs that are watching don't get any funny ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 29, 2004
Cheesy, witty, enjoyable Arnold pic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
November 15, 2002
Another guilty pleasure from the Schwarzenegger catalog
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 4, 2002
The picture fails to please beyond its glossy surface, cheap thrills, and crazed Richard Dawson cameo. Hmm ... maybe that's not such a bad thing.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie's problem is that all of the action scenes are versions of the same scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You want to know if The Running Man is a good-time macho show, right? Stay at home and watch professional wrestling.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The message is irrelevant. It's still the Olympian myth, albeit in a Lycra leotard, that counts with the Arn Man.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
The movie lacks any real tension and seems to be a host of fight scenes hastily added together.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
September 27, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
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