Box art for Running Scared

Running Scared

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


A SERIES OF EVENTS TRANSPIRE WHEN A LOW-LEVEL MOB GUY TRIES TO RETRIEVE A DIRTY GUN HELD BY TWO 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    40%
  • Audience Score
    80%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Grim tale of revenge and fear. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is absolutely not for kids. It's determinedly violent and disturbing. Characters include gangsters, drug dealers, junkies, an abusive stepfather, a prostitute and pimp, and a couple who kidnap children to film in pornographic situations: all are explicitly indicated, if not shown on screen; one scene has characters in a strip bar, where a dancer appears in a brief full frontal nudity shot. Murders and abuses are committed with a variety of weapons, including guns, knives, and hockey pucks; characters appear in various states of undress; language is excessive (over 300 uses of "f--k").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the extreme violence here -- is it necessary? Is it here to make a point, or just to shock? They can also talk about the film's stereotyping of gangsters, bad cops, prostitutes, pimps: Though the movie exaggerates for sensational effect, how might stereotypes reinforce viewer prejudices and narrow-mindedness?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    40%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all Running Scared reviews
  • Audience

    80%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: There's clearly supposed to be tension between Joey's good and bad sides. Sure, he's a mobster, but he's also a family man, which makes him... gray. (Not black and white = very sophisticated.)

- Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, Friday, February 24, 2006

Fresh: The end result of all these cross-mob confrontations is an orgy of nihilistic violence that is curiously exhilarating, I am almost ashamed to say.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Fresh:

- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

19/12/2012 (MP4)

- EightThirty, Friday, December 28, 2012

1 star

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- aquateen2, Wednesday, October 9, 2013

3 stars

Paul Walker will never make into my favourite actors list, but he does pretty well for himself in this film. With its forced visual effects and ambitions to be stylish, however, it comes off as a rather pretentious production. Action-wise, it's quite exciting though. There's certainly no shortage of adrenaline and the plot is interesting to follow. An added bonus is we get treated to Vera Farmiga's sexy behind. Those godess-like buns sure kept my attention. Anyhow, before I drift off the subject here, this was a solidly made crime flick. A bit contrived as mentioned, but entertaining either way.

- CloudStrife84, Thursday, March 10, 2011