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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a pumped-up, intricate and fast-moving yarn that never flags and continues to play out in unexpected ways as it unravels. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A potential howler done in by a tendency to wear too much body tissue on its sleeve. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    If Running Scared had come out in 1994, before "Pulp Fiction," it - and Kramer - would be hailed as blazingly original. But questions of originality notwithstanding, there's plenty of blazing going on here. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    There also are hints of Doug Liman and Tony Scott to be found in this hopped-up, bullet-riddled crime thriller, but while certain sequences pack an admitted visceral kick, the prevailing effect is one of utter overkill. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's way too violent and perversely excessive for many tastes, but there's more to its outrages than meets the eye, and that second look is well worth taking. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    If you like kinetic movies about crime, criminals, and all sorts of bad behavior, Running Scared will catch and hold your attention. show more

  • 63

    Ultimately, it is a serviceable, well-made thriller that earns its R rating. show more

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