The Runner Stumbles Reviews

August 14, 2019
Once The Runner Stumbles gets on its feet, it becomes a moving minor tragedy, superbly acted.
August 8, 2019
An honest melodrama where Stanley Kramer, once again, portrays the issues of our time period. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 27, 2010
A compelling and memorable drama, via Stanley Kramer.
November 7, 2007
The main problem with the film is that inherent to most play adaptations: it's too talky and static, with most of the responsibility for story development left to explanatory dialog.
November 7, 2007
Throughout, the film is paced by fine performances, especially Van Dyke as Father Rivard, Quinlan as Sister Rita and Maureen Stapleton as Van Dyke's housekeeper.
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June 24, 2006
Deadly earnestness over Van Dyke's tortured celibacy becomes risible long before the Perry Mason conclusion and a final scene of indescribable bathos.
September 27, 2005
July 3, 2005
May 9, 2005
Mr. Van Dyke's performance, though extremely sympathetic, is hard to assess. He worries and suffers, but the film finds nothing vital in his ordeal.
October 23, 2004
In its relentlessly old-fashioned way, The Runner Stumbles has a sort of dramatic persistence: It's not great, but it's there.
January 27, 2004
The Runner Stumbles is an exceptionally fine film about the exigencies of a religious calling and a critique of the legalism within Christianity.