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 7, 2015
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2015
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Critic Score: 26% 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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Glenn Kenny

These plot elements, and the actors, have all the makings of a truly juicy and thought-provoking political melodrama. So it's dispiriting to see filmmaker Stark create such a weird, jagged hash out of them.

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Marija Loncarevic

Despite its potentially juicy political premise and Nic Cage's relatively solid performance - more on that later - Austin Stark's The Runner ends up being a poor-man's version of politically-charged TV shows such as House of Cards and Scandal.

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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.

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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 22% 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
Ian Walker
As far as Nicholas Cage movies go this one instantly becomes one of his best. Not stellar by any means but far better than most he has put out recently. This… More