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The Runner

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In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit.
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Consequence of Sound
Equal parts Big Oil message movie and melodramatic character study, The Runner gets so close to depth that it's weirdly frustrating to see it fail.
September 02, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
The Runner never approaches the keen insight and social satire of political films such as The Candidate, Primary Colors or Bulworth.
August 27, 2015
Cairo360
Despite its potentially juicy political premise and Nic Cage's relatively solid performance - more on that later - Austin Stark's The Runner ends up being a poor-man's version of politically-charged TV shows such as House of Cards and Scandal.
April 05, 2016
Los Angeles Times
A hollow, listless political drama that could have been a contender.
August 06, 2015
Common Sense Media
Slow-moving political drama has strong language, some sex.
September 11, 2015
Radio Times
Although first-time writer/director Austin Stark has his heart in the right place and Cage eschews his trademark zaniness, it's only watchable rather than gripping.
November 05, 2015
Cinemalogue.com
... contains a fair amount of cynicism toward media sensationalism and the political system, yet by always focusing on the politicians instead of the working-class Gulf Coast residents ... the film indulges in that which it condemns.
August 21, 2015
Seattle Times
Cage's performance is as fuzzy as his character's sense of bearings.
August 06, 2015
Time Out
Everyone loves Nicolas Cage the bug-eyed lunatic. Nicolas Cage the serious actor, that's a tougher sell.
November 02, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Stark repeatedly squanders the decent supporting cast, revealing scant backstory that would enhance the often vague character motivation on display.
August 07, 2015
RogerEbert.com
These plot elements, and the actors, have all the makings of a truly juicy and thought-provoking political melodrama. So it's dispiriting to see filmmaker Stark create such a weird, jagged hash out of them.
August 07, 2015