...watching Fast Girls is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and a particularly welcome contribution to the genre because it focuses on female athletes competing in a non-glamour sport.
| Original Score: 6/10
[W]holly unsurprising... yet this flick is wholly winning thanks to its abundance of good cheer, generosity of spirit, and refusal to go too easy on its protagonist.
Devoid of anything daring, Fast Girls makes some of the right motions but never rises above its cash-in status.
| Original Score: 2/5
The social backgrounds are crudely etched, the races (edited to a synthesised rock score) unexciting, the results predictable.
The Makers of Fast Girls are likely hoping that international viewers will see past the movie's promiscuous use of Union Jack waving to focus, instead, on a tale of plucky sporting underdogs.
| Original Score: 3/5
An energising offering depicting 2012's challenges and achievements while demonstrating that TV's Crichlow is a strong feature film lead worth in vesting in.
Little more than a dull if mercifully brief promotional feature for the Olympics.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The script moves from one cliche to the next - forbidden romance, enmity mellowing into sisterly solidarity - culminating in a championship showdown that leaves a patriotic lump in the throat.
Fleet-footed British sports movie Fast Girls, an engaging tale of underdog triumph that makes up in energy and high spirits for what it lacks in technique.
This delivers an engaging story, some great performances and, of course, the obligatory training montage.
Here is a likable and fun British film: it's a little like Bend It Like Beckham.
Directed by Regan Hall, this is benign, family-friendly fare (not as cool, edgy or sexy as I anticipated) and a cheerful enough warm up to the Olympics.
Hall, making his feature debut, rarely strays from the underdog sports movie template, but the two appealing young leads come as a welcome blast of deodorant to this stale narrative armpit.
Fresh, amusing and very British. We defy you not to shed a tear.
Enjoyable, emotionally involving and timely feel-good sports drama that pushes all the right buttons...
( ... )as predictable as the day is long, but it certainly makes a massive change from the usual crime-infested gangster movies set in London.
Predictable as the day is long, but it certainly makes a massive change from the usual crime-infested gangster movies set in London.
A fun and energetic film that, while no Chariots of Fire, will leave you eager for the Olympics and, possibly, your running shoes.
Noel Clarke, who co-scripted and co-stars, doesn't get any Kidulthood-style grit going, though Crichlow's gutsy performance has you rooting for her.
Some of the girl power stuff is a bit wincing and it's never totally convincing, but with charm and buckets of energy, you'll forgive it.