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The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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53

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 77 | Rotten: 69

Sleek and shiny on the surface, The Fast and the Furious recalls those cheesy teenage exploitation flicks of the 1950s.

60

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 14

Sleek and shiny on the surface, The Fast and the Furious recalls those cheesy teenage exploitation flicks of the 1950s.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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A magazine article about real-life car racing gangs for Vibe becomes this fast-paced automotive thriller from director Rob Cohen. Paul Walker stars as Brian O'Conner, a youthful FBI agent investigating a series of hijackings by going undercover with a street gang led by charismatic Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Caught up in Toretto's world of gang conflict that is resolved in late-night car races, Spindler starts to sympathize with his chief suspect and falls in love with Toretto's younger

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Gary Scott Thompson, David Ayer

Jan 1, 2002

$142.5M

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A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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While few of the paper-thin characters register long enough to make much of an impression, Diesel carries the movie with his unsettling mix of Zen-like tranquillity and barely controlled rage.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Returning the series to solid ground after 2 Fast 2 Furious leaned too heavily on cartoonish CGI effects, Tokyo Drift relies on old-fashioned stunt work that gives its best sequences a sense of brute physicality.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It doesn't matter that we know where it's going, what counts is that Cohen keeps his pedal to the floor and that his actors gun their lines with absolute conviction. Loud cars, fast music: this movie knows exactly what it's about.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Works hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Even those who've never heard of 'rice rockets' (Japanese imports souped up with computerized hydraulics and customized engines) might be charmed by the film's blend of kineticism, car-culture rituals, and hilariously flat-footed dialogue.

June 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This is a bad, bad movie. Skip it.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

Sure it's a guilty pleasure watching stunt drivers put flashy state-of-the-art streetcars through impossibly daring maneuvers, but it's a happy indulgence nonetheless.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

... when characters are not racing at breakneck speed, the movie as a whole ceases to move.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

May be a cheesy movie, but it's a fun cheesy movie.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's all testosterone and swagger, and tries so hard to be cool that it's just the opposite.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Not Point Break so much as Point Less.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

An exciting second-tier action flick.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It runs out of gas.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

This is probably the most fun to be had at the multiplex so far this year.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

From first frame to last, this is an unabashedly B-Picture, elevated by A-level stunts but dragged down to C-level characterizations.

June 26, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

...ultimately entertaining enough to warrant a mild recommendation...

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

At first it's an exhilarating ride with original action scenes that quickly become routine when they are thrown at the audience over and over.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A film that stays true to what it tries to be.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Visually striking thriller.

August 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

The plot gets ridiculous as it's slowly revealed that one of them isn't what they seem to be at first, and continues to get more preposterous, but with better car crashes!

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

What is unforgivable is that many of the racing scenes were boring too.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Fast and the Furious

Original, creative, and very watchable thanks to a commanding performance by Vin Diesel. Its flashy entertainment and sometimes a bit TOO flashy, but never uninteresting.
December 12, 2013
Dan Schultz

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I would prefer plugging this high speed action film to those interested in cars, but due to the recent loss of my friend Paul Walker, it has become quite sad to me. His role in this series of films(Brian O'Connor) is what he's known most for, but I do wish he had landed the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars pre-quels that he wanted more than anything. One thing I know for sure is that he is a Skywalker and undoubtedly one of God's best angels. His charitable work is a big part of who he was, and he was not afraid to help those in need even if it meant he was doing much of the physical labor himself.
There is a great silence in the Force indeed.
December 8, 2013
yona71

Super Reviewer

One of the most overrated ridiculous franchises ever? well you get what you pay for right, you see the trailer, you see fast cars and slutty girls, you know what you're gonna get. Apart from the visuals, you see who directs this and you know not to expect a great deal, Rob Cohen...a low rent Michael Bay who makes trashy flashy CGI filled flicks. But who knew how far this would go, how long this dumb adventure would last and why is it so popular?.

I imagine it appeals to the young generation, fast cars, hot chicks and lots of huge stunts, I guess you could say its 'The Dukes of Hazzard' for the modern era. Unfortunately originality is not on the menu, the plot...a gang of fast car, street racing adrenaline junkies/petrol heads are hijacking trucks utilising their driving skills. Undercover cop infiltrates this street racing world posing as a fellow fast car petrol head to try and find out who is behind the hijackings.

Wait a moment...a gang of surfer adrenaline junkies are robbing banks (although not utilising their surfing skills). An undercover cop infiltrates their surfer world posing as a fellow wannabe surfer to try and find out who is behind the robberies. Yep, this film is 'Point Break' but with cars instead of surf boards.

None of it really makes any sense though, 'Toretto' seems to own garages and a property yet never has any customers or does any work, yet he's clearly loaded. He owns an array of cars that are all worth a fortune, all heavily modded and would cost loads to maintain and insure yet he treats them as if they were meaningless and crashes them left right n centre. Money seems to be no object to the characters in this film, oh I just smashed up my Mitsubishi with about 20K worth of modifications to it, oh well I'll just turn up in the next scene with another. Oh my Dodge Charger means everything to me cos me and my dad built it and put tonnes of money n love into it...meh I'll just race it against a train, no worries.

Its also amusing how all the street racers drive around in car posses, taking up the entire road, yeah like that wouldn't attract the police. Oh and the police clearly have trouble catching these guys and their cars, OK, well why not drive around the suburbs and look for the houses with top line modded Jap cars parked outside. Yes they park their illegal fast cars in the street outside their abodes...oh dear.

Now as I said you can't expect much from this film, its clearly style over substance, half the film is merely imagery of car porn and scantily clad ladies hanging around next to them. The acting is hilariously bad from everybody, I've haven't seen so much posing, swaggering, hardman attitudes and general showing off for a long time, (usually reserved for gangsta hoodie type flicks). Hordes of wannabes crowd around the main actors in the street race scenes all looking desperate to get on camera for five seconds...and its obvious. All the young super slim females look stunningly sexy (err kids film?) yet have no clue what on earth is going on, oh and then we have a sweaty looking Michelle Rodriguez...yikes!.

Despite all the high fives and god awful bling the main crux of the film, the cars, is pretty sweet. If you are into cars such as myself then its fun purely for that, if you like Japanese super saloons then even more so. Take note kids this is about fast cars, no BMW's, Mercs or Audi's required. This is probably the only area of the film which is remotely interesting, there is a really good range of modified Jap cars here and not just top line models either, some nice retro gear. Of course this is a Cohen film so there has to be a bit of CGI in there somewhere, blasting through the engine as it ignites, not a bad idea but it looks hokey.

The sequences where they hijack these big rigs are stupid, they don't make much sense, why not just stop the thing?. The finale is even dumber, again just stop the truck! or shoot out its tyres maybe geez!. Everything is naturally predictable and cheesy, plenty of tight vests, muscles and tattoo's. Vin Diesel shouts a lot, Rodriguez scowls a lot and Walker does his best Keanu Reeves impression. All this and hardly any guns in sight! that's because its a watered down action thriller folks.

The big crash stunt at the very end involving Vin Diesel and his souped up Dodge Charger is admittedly very cool, best little sequence in the film really...I had to watch all this just for that?!. Well...the scene where they smoke the Ferrari had me smiling, Italian rubbish!.
September 12, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

This adrenaline flick classifies as one of my favourite films of all time, only because of how great it is put together! It is action packed, never get's boring, has an ensemble cast, the women are gorgeous, the acting is good enough to love the characters and care about what happens to them, and the races are wondrous. The Fast and the Furious is a pure adrenaline flick about a cop (Brian O'Connor), who goes undercover, becoming best friends with a wanted fugitive and his pals who illegally race the streets for money and party every night. I have never seen a better racing movie than this. The Fast and the Furious is just plain amazing on a technical level and is easily one of my favourites ensemble films!
May 24, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Leon: Heads up bro,we got problems.
    2. Dominic Toretto: What?
    3. Leon: Jesse.
    4. Dominic Toretto: Where is Jesse goin?
    5. Leon: He just raced tran for slips.
    6. Dominic Toretto: Oh Shit!
    – Submitted by Kyle L (15 months ago)
    1. Dominic Toretto: It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning.
    – Submitted by Oskars P (18 months ago)
    1. Vincent: Hey yo, Dom! Why'd you bring the buster here?
    2. Dominic Toretto: CAUSE THE BUSTER KEPT ME OUT OF HANDCUFFS! He didn't just run back to the fort! The 'buster' brought me back!
    – Submitted by Eugene B (2 years ago)
    1. Dominic Toretto: I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else ... For those ten seconds or less, I'm free.
    – Submitted by Champ S (2 years ago)
    1. Vincent: Why'd you bring the buster here?
    2. Dominic Toretto: Cause the buster kept me out of handcuffs! The buster brought ME back, he didn't just run back to the fort.
    – Submitted by Alex A (2 years ago)
    1. Dominic Toretto: You almost had me? You never had me - you never had your car.
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
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