Running Scared
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Distinguished by a sharp, witty dialogue between its two cop protagonists, Ray and Danny (Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal), this entertaining crime drama is well worth a visit. Ray and Danny are nearly blown away by super bad guy Julio (Jimmy Smits), and their boss is peeved at them as usual. So the two are given a holiday from their beat in Chicago and travel to the sunny shores of Key West. They like it enough to retire from police work and open a business there. But when the duo returns to the Windy City, Julio is about to pull off a big drug deal and retirement may not be such a good idea.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Crystal and Hines do flavour the film with genuine warmth, and despite some cheap gags, work well together to produce some truly funny moments."
‑ Steve Goldman, Time Out
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you're sure there's nothing else to do."
‑ , Film4
"Crystal and Hines are a great double act. Laughs aplenty."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A functional 1986 actioner about two wisecracking Chicago cops (Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal) and their vendetta against a Latino crime lord (Jimmy Smits)."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Pre-Lethal Weapon mid-80s buddy flick before"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
"The most appealing thing about this movie is the charisma and good humour delivered by the two leads."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Relentlessly competent in a TBS Saturday afternoon kind of way."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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