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.
Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order.
| Original Score: 5/5
A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
If you have a thirst for hard action and suspense of a high order, Speed satisfies big-time.
The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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.
The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.
Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
Talk about simple. But the film's sheer cut-to-the-chase straightfowardness is part of its appeal.
Speed lives up to its title, delivering carefully crafted action/adventure thrills without ever breaking out of the genre rut.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
A classic of its kind.
Eventually, inevitably, [it] goes too far, too fast, and ends up off the rails.
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.
A taut, endlessly entertaining action spectacle. They really don't make them like this anymore.
| Original Score: A