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Run This Town

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Canada · 2020
1h 39m
Director Ricky Tollman
Starring Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis
Genre Drama

After graduation, Bram gets his dream job at a local newspaper. One day, he stumbles upon a potentially explosive story involving the city’s controversial mayor. But he needs to beat the mayor’s aide, Kamal, to the punch. This could be Bram’s big break - if he had any idea how to be a real journalist.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by

Yeah, it’s not good. Writer/director Ricky Tollman has turned the true story of Rob Ford’s crack video into a fake cris du coeur for millennials.


Original-Cin by Jim Slotek

I’m not sure why director Ricky Tollman would take a real story that practically writes itself and write something else. It’s hard to follow what he’s trying to say with Run This Town, but it’s said awkwardly, without much regard to reality. The cast are all engaging and terrifically talented. But the story they’re given is a narrative straitjacket that even the best actors couldn’t save.


Variety by Joe Leydon

Run This Town offers some sharp observations about the struggle to provide anything like watchdog journalism in an age of diminished budgets and readership.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

An involving and ambitious fictionalized look at Rob Ford's downfall that is far from satisfied with gawking at that Toronto trainwreck, Ricky Tollman's Run This Town also intends to make points about racism and sexual harassment; to lament the slow-motion death of journalism; and to give voice to a generation of young adults who've been maligned by the oldsters who, as the movie sees it, made them the way they are.


The Film Stage by John Fink

Superbly entertaining ... An engaging thriller first and a millennial can-do tale second, Tollman’s script sometimes tells rather than shows as it repeats points later in the picture. Yet the rapid-fire pacing is continually riveting, calling back to the great political thrillers of yesteryear.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Smart, ambitious and impressive, Run This Town is the best kind of feature directing debut, a film that entertains and makes you look forward to what will come next.


TheWrap by Todd Gilchrist

Tollman’s promise as a writer and director is evident, but not unlike his ambitious and untested protagonist, an editor might be what he needs most, whether or not he knows it.

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