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  • Summary: In order to save his family, a low-level mobster (Walker) must recover a gun used in a mob hit before it's found by his bosses or the cops. (New Line Cinema)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. It's a pumped-up, intricate and fast-moving yarn that never flags and continues to play out in unexpected ways as it unravels.
  2. 75
    Running Scared is a vicious and brutal B-movie jacked up to hysterical, hallucinatory proportions -- a pulpy, violent action picture that torments the viewer as much as its characters, and I mean that as a compliment.
  3. 75
    Goes so far over the top, it circumnavigates the top and doubles back on itself; it's the Mobius Strip of over-the-topness. I am in awe. It throws in everything but the kitchen sink. Then it throws in the kitchen sink, too, and the combo washer-dryer in the laundry room, while the hero and his wife are having sex on top of it.
  4. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    40
    Writer-director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) is about as skilled at storytelling as Walker is at acting, which is to say not very.
  5. The whole movie is some kind of joke, a sick one to be savored by a certain segment of the movie audience. You know who you are.
  6. 30
    A vicious, incoherent shoot-'em-up.
  7. Running Scared is so desperate and surreally stupid that all you would have to do to see it as a brilliant sendup of everything that is corrupt, vulgar, sad, deluded and bad-for-you about Hollywood is squint.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 11 out of 40
  1. Oct 24, 2013
    10
    A fresh crime dubstep movie. It has its touch with a pop culture mix and a lot of blood. I loved Running Scared, it's a movie with a lot ofA fresh crime dubstep movie. It has its touch with a pop culture mix and a lot of blood. I loved Running Scared, it's a movie with a lot of brilliant storyline and an unusual sprite of blood and guns which is not for the little ones or anyone who doesn't like splatters. Paul Walker is very good, loved him as Brian in Fast and Furious and loved him in Fast Five. People get shot in the ass, head and even eyes! It's crazy but I don't know why I loved this movie. It's awesome! The story is gritty and the suspense is freezing and nail biting till the end. Vera Farminga was excellent as Walker's wife. The old school Tarantino violent setting with an absurd amount of flashback usage in the making of this film! A very old school action druggie movie about a gun that gets stolen that could lead to a lot problems with cops and Pau Walker. A kid is shooting his- okay, enough spoilers! Watch the movie! Not for the people that don't like movies! Awesome, jarring and nail biting, Running Scared is excellent. Expand
  2. PatrickS.
    Feb 26, 2006
    10
    First of all amazing movie i love paul walker acting he got that something that puts me on the egde of my seat OOOHHH by the way ladies is First of all amazing movie i love paul walker acting he got that something that puts me on the egde of my seat OOOHHH by the way ladies is show his HoneyBuns. this movie is like sin city with hostel boold wise this movie has A class acting strong story at a fast pace. the characters are very interesting, in different ways compelling. This movie has some major twist that u won't expect. This movie has so much Twisted violence u wonder how can a whole town be this bad and the sidestorys are great to like the mod'dirty cops'hookers'gangs'and F##K up Sicko parnets. this movie will get good world of mouth .What a way to start the year. Go check it out now!!!!! P.S u wont be disapponted hope there a unrated version!!!! Expand
  3. RobZ.
    Jun 6, 2006
    9
    Pulp Fiction part 2. Great movie and believe it or not, Paul Walker kicks ass. Not for the faint of heart.
  4. SeanF.
    Jul 2, 2006
    8
    Not very realistic at all, cartoonish at times, but a very interesting and entertaining movie. Definetly Tarantino influenced, but I Not very realistic at all, cartoonish at times, but a very interesting and entertaining movie. Definetly Tarantino influenced, but I didn't think it was a rip-off. I hadn't seen Paul Walker do anything good prior to this so I was kinda amazed at how much I liked this all the while I was watching it. If there is any criticism it is that the movie at times seems like a bunch of different parts not stitched together all that well. But other than that it's a wild, fast paced ride through a dark and zany world of violence and mayhem. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    Best movie yes hes one of my favorite actors,this movie is amazing it makes kill bill look like sesamy street. Buy this move its worth theBest movie yes hes one of my favorite actors,this movie is amazing it makes kill bill look like sesamy street. Buy this move its worth the buy.Love everything about this. Expand
  6. Blarf
    May 19, 2008
    3
    I had been wanting to see this movie for quite some time but never got around to it. Now that I have I can say with assurance that it is I had been wanting to see this movie for quite some time but never got around to it. Now that I have I can say with assurance that it is appallingly bad. Some scenes (maybe 3 or 4) are shot with style and substance. The rest of the movie is a frenetic mess of cursing and ridiculous subplots. I do not recommend this movie to anyone. Even if you're mildly interested in seeing it, pass. There are many other better films. This was a terrible movie. Expand
  7. DaveB.
    Jun 14, 2006
    0
    a terrible movie. Anybody that says that this piece of crap is as good or better than Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill needs to be slapped. Boring a terrible movie. Anybody that says that this piece of crap is as good or better than Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill needs to be slapped. Boring as hell, lousy acting. Tried to be surreal and cool but was just lame. Worst movie i've seen since Mindhunters, both movies i shut off before the end because i couldn't take the torture any longer. Expand

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