Runaway (1984)

Best-selling author Michael Crichton wrote and directed this science fiction thriller that combined the influences of Blade Runner (1982), comic books, and Crichton's ongoing fascination with the dangers of high technology. Tom Selleck… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 14, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

This Michael Crichton robotic nightmare is so trite that the story seems lifted from Marvel Comics.

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Rob Vaux

A cautionary tale about robots run amok that ages as badly as keyboard ties and shoulder pads.

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Chuck O'Leary

A nifty futuristic thriller which effectively casts rock-star Gene Simmons as a very bad guy who just oozes evil. A fun flick.

Time Out

Once it turns from the hardware and the action to people, you can hardly believe your eyes or your ears.

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TV Guide

Selleck provides a thoughtful performance, coming across as a real, feeling person instead of the expected Rambo-esque tough-guy stereotype.

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Clint Morris

Sci-Fi fun with the always solid Selleck

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Crichton has a much better feel for the film's gadgets than for its human players.

Empire Magazine

Lady-cop-robo-fun. Nothing really profound here but who cares?

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Takes itself way too seriously.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The man's man Mr Selleck is on top form here and so is that iconic tash as he goes up against a nasty robot controlling villain with his feisty blonde… More
Dean McKenna
Fine thriller of a futuristic cop (Tom Selleck) trying to track down robots that have gone bad. The acid-squirting, exploding electric spiders are a good touch… More
Aj V
A great sci-fi action movie, very exciting and cool. I really liked this movie.
Brendan Nicholls
The films ambition is undone by some truly terrible writing and direction. The concept is interesting idea and could be explored further with a remake. The… More
xGary Xx
More inept straight to video tosh from Tom Selleck in which an evil mastermind played by Gene Simmons (yes, that one!) tries to kill people with meccano. Silly.
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The Terminator wasn't the only killer robot in theaters back in 1984 thanks to Runaway, written and directed by the late Michael Crichton. The mustachioed… More