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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"Schwarzenegger sadistically dispatches the baddies, enunciating typical wisecrack remarks (many repeated from his previous films), but it's all too easy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie's problem is that all of the action scenes are versions of the same scenario."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Only Richard Dawson -- brilliantly cast -- redeems this mess with a superior performance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The licenses taken with King's original tale only serve to make a more effective movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Pretty warmed-over stuff, this future world of the terminal TV game shows, and director Glaser fails to muster much pace and punch."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"You want to know if The Running Man is a good-time macho show, right? Stay at home and watch professional wrestling."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A brainless, breathless thrill."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"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!"
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"The story concept is good, and the film has plenty of fun and campy moments, but it’s also a little goofy."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It's not quite Network, but then it also doesn't take itself too seriously."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The message is irrelevant. It's still the Olympian myth, albeit in a Lycra leotard, that counts with the Arn Man."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It's an arcade-game romp done with flair."
‑ , Film4
"Richard Dawson's best performance in a film."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"We can only hope network execs that are watching don't get any funny ideas."
‑ Pete Croatto, Filmcritic.com
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