Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 20, 2014
    90
    With remarkable warmth and immediacy, Green and co-scripter Keogan have managed to capture the beauty of an obviously flawed family, one neither too perfect nor too demographically balanced to ring true, and imbue it with a sense of plenitude that seems to flow as much from the sun-drenched land itself as from the quirkily particular personalities involved.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    Run & Jump is as real and messy as life itself.
  3. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    Green's resolution is sensitive, expected, yet visionary. And, like the rest of the film, it is shot with a magnificent play of color and light that makes the characters' corner of the world seem like the cradle of compassion.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 20, 2014
    80
    Steph Green's first feature has more going for it than a solid dramatic turn by Will Forte.
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jan 24, 2014
    75
    This all sounds painfully glum and ultimately mawkish. But—like the active verbs that constitute its title — Run & Jump is surprisingly alive, full of jolts and unexpected bursts of humor and earned emotion.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 24, 2014
    75
    As much as I liked it, I have to admit Run & Jump is a work of no action — of love unrequited, feelings unexpressed and goals never reached. Sitting through it requires great patience. I don’t think this is an Ireland that would interest John Ford.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 23, 2014
    75
    Will Forte continues his transition into serious actorhood with this indie.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Ryan
    Jan 22, 2014
    75
    Forte’s strength in playing awkward characters works to his advantage.
  9. 75
    Run & Jump is an uncommonly offbeat and charmingly unconventional romance, an Irish comedy that lets itself get very serious, now and again, and is all the richer for it.
  10. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jan 20, 2014
    75
    Despite the affecting drama and performances, Run and Jump just never feels more that perfunctory in this regards.
  11. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Maxine Peake is a revelation in Run & Jump, communicating vitality and extraordinary optimism that practically bleeds out and infects the visuals.
  12. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Jan 24, 2014
    65
    Focusing on this tumultuous period of adjustment, Run & Jump is uneven but admirably authentic in its observation of a family trying to retain something of their past lives while confronting an uncertain future.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    Peake, warmly sketching a woman busy fooling herself that everything will work out, and Forte, as precise as he was in Nebraska, keep it honest, and within touching distance of real poignancy.
  14. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 19, 2014
    60
    Forte and Peake excel in a notable debut from Green that marks her out as a director to watch.
  15. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 23, 2014
    60
    Peake provides the solid center for a movie that would otherwise melt into indie formula. The quirky supporting characters, slow pacing and predictable plotting intermittently threaten to overwhelm such a modest story. But then Ted secretly turns his camera back toward Vanetia and, like him, we’re smitten again.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    Whether it’s possible to go on loving somebody who’s no longer himself is a momentous question that this movie largely ducks, ultimately providing an answer that seems imposed from without rather than arrived at organically.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Lyn
    Aug 14, 2014
    3
    Perhaps I expected too much after seeing Will Forte in "Nebraska" -- amid all the tremendous acting and great characters in that movie, he was the winsome heart of it. In this one, his presence barely registers. He heard about this guy who had a stroke (we don't know how), he decides to chronicle the case for posterity (we don't know why) and he lives with the family while making his observations (we don't know what). I agree with the reviewer who said that the fascinating issue of how to love someone who's fundamentally changed by stroke goes largely unexplored. The lead actress, who looks like Julianne Moore, is appealing, if hard to believe. (Family's shattered and yet she dances while doing housework. Huh?) Full Review »