The Running Man
The Running Man (1987)

An unjustly accused prisoner in 2019 is given a slim chance at freedom if he enters a battle-to-the-death on a television game show. Dawson steals the show as the slimy host!

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 13, 1987
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Running Man is winking sci-fi satire with ridiculous clothes and workmanlike direction.

Variety Staff

Schwarzenegger sadistically dispatches the baddies, enunciating typical wisecrack remarks (many repeated from his previous films), but it's all too easy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's problem is that all of the action scenes are versions of the same scenario.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Holds up a shocking reflection of where we actually stand as a society in 2017.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Pretty warmed-over stuff, this future world of the terminal TV game shows, and director Glaser fails to muster much pace and punch.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

You want to know if The Running Man is a good-time macho show, right? Stay at home and watch professional wrestling.

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Sean Burns

One of those movies that's a lot of fun to watch without being particularly good, The Running Man is a chintzy-looking affair that gets by on stunt casting and a killer concept.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's not quite Network, but then it also doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The message is irrelevant. It's still the Olympian myth, albeit in a Lycra leotard, that counts with the Arn Man.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Probably the first Arnie vehicle I ever saw as a kid and even then I thought it was average. Yes I know this could be seen as heresy but I must confess to never… More
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Alex roy
Effective Sci Fi action that manages to be entertaining despite its lack of originality, The Running Man is another Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle that I would… More
Kevin M. Williams
Based on a story written by Stephen King, choreographed by Paula Abdul, directed by Paul Michael Glaser, this criticism of television is simultaneously worst… More
Manu Gino
It is the year 2017. "The Running Man" is a deadly game no one has ever survived. But..... Schwarzenegger has yet to play. Good Movie! Loved the… More
Aj V
I loved the idea behind this movie, but there have been many other better movies with the same idea, and the movie itself is predictable and much like… More