Running Scared
Running Scared (2006)

A minor crook finds himself in major peril when a "hot" weapon goes missing in this violent crime thriller. Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is a low-level "mechanic" in the Mafia who hopes to rise through the ranks by doing… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This film runs with frenetic energy punctuated by gratuitous violence but sorely lacks in plot, character development and stylistic flair.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

With audiences jaded by the usual sex and splatter, do the filmmakers have no qualms about juicing up proceedings with edgy but troubling material which clearly needs more conscientious handling? Apparently not.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

It says something when the most sympathetic character is a kid who shoots his dad with a stolen pistol.

Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

Wayne Kramer's latest film is a hard-hitting, visceral, over-the-top extravaganza of blood and bullets that doesn't let up for one second.

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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Presumably patterned after Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, but substantially more graphic, there is surely an audience for this empty brutality, but you would not want to know anyone to whom this picture appeals.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's ugly and it's vile and it's disgusting and it's creepy and it just got tiresome.

Jette Kernion

The action throughout Running Scared is involving and fast-paced enough that you don't notice the number of cliches being invoked in this film.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The end result of all these cross-mob confrontations is an orgy of nihilistic violence that is curiously exhilarating, I am almost ashamed to say.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Ethnic stereotyping, moral qualms and plot improbabilities aside, you just wish a movie like Running Scared wasn't so anxious to be exciting all the time: It gets so monotonous.

Brian Tallerico

Running Scared exists in that world of movies where there are no good guys - just bad guys, worse guys and worst guys.

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Max Coombes
A passionate and excellently made action film where writer/director Kramer invites you to interpret and engage with his hyper-reality. A tour through… More
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Manu Gino
Ready. Aim. Run. Good movie, lots of action, bullets flying around all the time, people getting killed, if that's the type of movie you want plus a little… More
Lady D'arbanville
One problem roles into a series of very unfortunate events in this thrilling Action movie. A grittier role than most of Walker's and one that suited him… More
Alex roy
Running Scared has got to be one of Paul Walker's best films. Considering that I don't like a lot of his work, for the exception of this film, Joy… More