I give The Run 5 stars and I'm puzzled that there are so many complaints and 1 star ratings. I have several of the PS3 racing games, Grid, Dirt 1,2&3, GT, NFS series, and they all take a little getting used to, at least for me. Once you get the hang of it, it's simply a blast. With The Run, you get to street race in San Francisco against oncoming traffic or weave in and out of traffic on an LA freeway with spectacular graphics. Seriously, what's not to like. I'm about a third of the way thru, playing the challenges along the way and I think The Run is a 5 star addition to my game collection.
Need for Speed: The Run isn't as good as it should be, but that doesn't mean it's not good. There are some notable flaws -- for example, if you go off the road even a little bit you'll get reset (even if it looks like you'd be fine). BUT... besides that, it's a great little racer with an interesting concept - you're in a massive race across the country.