• Speed
    2 minutes 21 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Speed Reviews

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Bill Clark

It's easy to poke fun at some of the more far-fetched scenes and, at times, cheesy dialogue, but this is still one hell of an action movie.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: A

July 10, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper are fun to watch as the dueling protagonists, and Sandra Bullock is fetching as an astonished commuter who finds herself behind the steering wheel.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

July 30, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

If you have a thirst for hard action and suspense of a high order, Speed satisfies big-time.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 30, 2013
James White
Total Film

The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2013
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 30, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 30, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2013
Emanuel Levy

fast-moving, totally undemanding and relentlessly entertaining, this actioner should do more for the career of Sandra Bullock than for that of its nominal star, Keanu Reeves.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

May 4, 2012
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The story is a starting gun, a reason to roll out the high-tech action movie chase and demolition experts. It's gaudy action shtick, and it's fitting that the last stop is at Hollywood Boulevard.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 23, 2012
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Talk about simple. But the film's sheer cut-to-the-chase straightfowardness is part of its appeal.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 14, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Speed lives up to its title, delivering carefully crafted action/adventure thrills without ever breaking out of the genre rut.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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Athough it hits any number of gaping credibility potholes on its careening journey around Los Angeles, Speed delivers the goods as a non-stop actioner that scarcely pauses to take a breath.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 14, 2009


A classic of its kind.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 24, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Eventually, inevitably, [it] goes too far, too fast, and ends up off the rails.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Sandra Bullock steals the movie. You can actually see her working her charms on Keanu during certain scenes; he cracks a smile from time to time.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2006
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