The Rundown 2003

Critics score:
71 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: The Rundown understands how to take itself seriously and have fun, and gives respect to an audience that usually doesn't deserve any. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it doesn't leave you wishing you had stayed home, either. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: ... a great action ride that's funnier than most pure comedies. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: While you won't exactly walk out humming the plot, The Rundown should go down quite decently with popcorn. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: The Rundown has what we usually want to see in movies like this: bravura action, tongue-in-cheek humor, but most of all attitude. Read more

Dave Kehr, New York Times: A strictly formulaic action picture that suggests some of Mr. Schwarzenegger's early, low-budget vehicles, like Commando and Raw Deal. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A big, happy bruiser of a buddy movie. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The Rock ought to expand his horizons and get himself a nice, quiet comedy. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: For much of the film, Berg is content to act like a Michael Bay wannabe, orchestrating large action set pieces that get increasingly tiresome and WWE-like as individuals get mindlessly slammed into the dust. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: The Rundown wants to stand out in a movie market gorged with action. But it regurgitates commercial dictates rather than carving a new path. At least it relies on a diverse, charismatic cast, rather than on spectacular carnage. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Rife with chases, explosions, boyish banter. Read more

Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly: The wildly asinine crack-up derby that XXX should have been. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Connoisseurs of Christopher Walken, and there are some hard-core addicts lurking about, will have good reason to take in The Rundown -- they can add a few more riches to their treasure chest of Wonky Walken Moments. Read more

Katherine Leal Unmuth, Dallas Morning News: If you're looking for action-adventure, director Peter Berg has delivered in terms of explosiveness, but not with character development. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: A surprisingly airy, jungle-set adventure, boisterously winking at Huston, Peckinpah and the same Saturday-morning serials that birthed Indiana Jones. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Don't expect new horizons in the annals of odd-couple, comedy-action flicks. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: It's more fun than most of what passed for popcornsellers this past summer. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The Rundown offers everything a good movie of this sort should: plenty of suspenseful action, a few good laughs, and a share of obligatory 'reluctant buddy' bonding. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The jungle locations give the film a texture and beauty that underlines the outsized characters. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, A tolerable alternative when everything else playing at the mall is sold out on Saturday night. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: A witty, fast-paced action film. Read more

Michael Agger, Slate: The Rundown, like many recent action movies, is aggressively adolescent. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Too often brings guffaws at all the wrong moments, when it's not being simply too stupid for words. Read more

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USA Today: If Arnold Schwarzenegger had made a movie this tepid in his Commando/Terminator heyday, burned fans would be suggesting that he pursue some tenure as a Fresno alderman. Read more

Lael Loewenstein, Variety: Read more