The Runner
The Runner (2015)

In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 2015
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Everyone loves Nicolas Cage the bug-eyed lunatic. Nicolas Cage the serious actor, that's a tougher sell.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Cage's performance is as fuzzy as his character's sense of bearings.

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David Aldridge
Radio Times

Although first-time writer/director Austin Stark has his heart in the right place and Cage eschews his trademark zaniness, it's only watchable rather than gripping.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

The Runner never approaches the keen insight and social satire of political films such as The Candidate, Primary Colors or Bulworth.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

A hollow, listless political drama that could have been a contender.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Slow-moving political drama has strong language, some sex.

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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

Stark repeatedly squanders the decent supporting cast, revealing scant backstory that would enhance the often vague character motivation on display.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

This brand of political soap opera is being done better on television by shows like "Scandal," where this story would be little more than a secondary plotline.

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Clint Worthington
Consequence of Sound

Equal parts Big Oil message movie and melodramatic character study, The Runner gets so close to depth that it's weirdly frustrating to see it fail.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Dann Michalski
A thought-provoking political drama, The Runner explores the allures of power and corruption. Nicolas Cage stars as a Louisiana congressman who champions the… More