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Running Scared

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Grim tale of revenge and fear. Not for kids.

Movie R 2006 122 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Profane, Bloody, Sickening.

I love crime dramas like Goodfellas and Scarface, and I even hated this movie. It has over 300 F words, which I wouldn't have minded if the story were much better. Sure, it kept my attention, but people were shot and stabbed often and there was a scene where a kid is kidnapped by pedophiles. (Sadly, that was the best part.) Bloody, gritty, and profane. Not for kids, nor anyone really. I only gave it 2 stars because of the interesting plot. (I'd give it a 4.5 out of 10.) Don't show this to kids, or yourself. PLEASE SKIP. This movie made my stomach turn, it's not entertainment.
age 18+


Waste of time this movie is a horrible porn. Not worth wasting one minute of your life on.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

As this bleak film thematizes accident and regret, it maintains an effective aesthetic remove. Oleg's emotional blankness, Anzor's cartoonish excess, even Joey's frantic work to keep all the facts and fictions contained -- all are reduced to fast cuts and zappy pans. It looks cool, sometimes disquieting (too close up), but it's not precisely probing. It gives good surface.

Though Joey seems endlessly able to take the next step in his pursuit of the gun, the gangsters he's up against are so broadly caricatured that it's not long before they're more tiresome than nervous-making. As much as it becomes his plot, Joey's pain -- he's bashed with hockey pucks near film's end -- also aligns him with the women and kids, that is, not only Teresa and Oleg, but also his own son Nicky (Alex Neuberger), and Anzor's fragile immigrant/addict wife Mila (Ivana Milicevic), who once imagined "America" held promise of freedom and riches.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 24, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: June 6, 2006
  • Cast: Cameron Bright , Paul Walker , Vera Farmiga
  • Director: Wayne Kramer
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 122 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive strong brutal violence and language, sexuality and drug content.
  • Last updated: February 2, 2023

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