Speed Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 11, 2014
De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 11, 2014
Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 11, 2014
It's more than a mere knockoff. It's a clever, carefully constructed action machine that generates lots of high-octane thrills and spills. What it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in full-throttle pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
July 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: A
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
If you have a thirst for hard action and suspense of a high order, Speed satisfies big-time.
James White
Total Film
July 30, 2013
The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
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.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2013
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2009
Talk about simple. But the film's sheer cut-to-the-chase straightfowardness is part of its appeal.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 14, 2009
Speed lives up to its title, delivering carefully crafted action/adventure thrills without ever breaking out of the genre rut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 14, 2009
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.
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