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Premium Rush (2012)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 37

It's built out of familiar parts, but no matter how formulaic Premium Rush's storyline might seem, it's elevated by high-octane action and enjoyable performances.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 8

It's built out of familiar parts, but no matter how formulaic Premium Rush's storyline might seem, it's elevated by high-octane action and enjoyable performances.



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Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie - super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the

Dec 21, 2012


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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (37) | DVD (4)

Just a few spokes short of a wheel, guys.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An unpretentious throwback to the kind of action movie that had no need of superheroes, Premium Rush is hardly a classic but fun up to a point.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A blast.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The whole film sizzles with urban aggression.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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Premium Rush isn't mindless mayhem, a thriller for teenage boys bursting with hormonal bloodlust. Koepp's film has a brain...

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Satisfying on a basic, fun level, but also stylishly produced and not insulting to the viewer's intelligence.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

The movie, idiotic as it is, has its charms, thanks in large part to its two main actors.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Gordon-Levitt proves he's the best actor on two wheels, pedaling furiously to save a grueling ride from becoming more tiresome.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Joseph Gordon-Levitt' fixed-wheel bike has a single gear and no brakes, and you could say the same of director David Koepp's film, which is light on character and plot. But, even on two wheels, the action is fast and furious.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Want more from a late-summer joyride than slides, wheelies and bunny hops? Get a load of Shannon, dementedly inspired, trying out an oddball accent and Richard Widmark giggle.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Gordon-Levitt is, as usual, a likeable hero, though he's underused in a film that's plainly more interested in kinetics than drama.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A fun chase film starring the likable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with a deliciously over-the-top performance by Michael Shannon as a villainous crooked cop, and some X Games-worthy bike stunts.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

The kind of low-expectation late-summer film that can all too often fall under the radar but delivers more honestly and forcefully than most of its warm-weather predecessors.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

I expected "Premium Rush" would be an exciting film, but I didn't think it would be so much fun to watch. It has plenty of thrills, laughs and a plot that is more complicated and interesting than I thought it would be.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Maybe the plot's a little thin, but this is end of summer escapism at its best and it guarantees you'll never look at a biker in NYC the same way again.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Eye-popping practical bike work should provide interested viewers with a middle-of-the-road rush that's a bit short of 'premium.'

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

... a lightning-paced, hyper-adrenalized entertainment.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

There is also a romance and scenes of what may or may not be human trafficking but unless the action is happening on the back of a Schwinn it pretty much is only hinted at on screen.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

Even though we see more of New York at street level than you'd ever expect in one thriller, this film is hit by one puncture after another.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an immensely likable hero and the stunt work is astonishing.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This is about the bike, the road and the compulsion to go, go, go.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

The film is one snappy, fast-paced chase through the streets of Manhattan. Never mind the logic, feel the breeze.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
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Audience Reviews for Premium Rush

Now this is how to make an action flick! A small one, mind you, but it's one of the most fun pictures to come out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bicycle messenger in Manhattan who lands the unfortunate job of delivering a small slip of paper worth a ton of money. Corrupt cop Michael Shannon, trying to pay off a Chinatown gambling debt, gets wind of the item and attempts to relieve JGL of it. Unfortunately for Shannon, JGL is a pretty darn fast rider and great with stunts, and soon he has the help of his girlfriend (Dania Ramirez), who is also a bicycle messenger. It's just a simple chase movie, but it's perfectly edited and paced, with well-timed jumps back in time to explain the situation. The actors are all fine (I also really liked JGL's professional and romantic rival, Wole Parks), but Shannon really steals the show. This is the perfect place for his style of menace. Well worth your time. 5 Stars 7-21-13
August 8, 2013
Bruce Bruce

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I don't know why, but this movie comes across as Limitless with bikes to me. I don't it's just strange. Except, I actually liked Limitless. Premium Rush was truly dead on delivery. The corny dialogue and this-would-have-been-a-good-movie-in-2004-or-2005 style is... strange. Michael Shannon's terrible acting is just an anomaly. Overall: Premium Rush is fast paced boredom. I'm a JGL fan, but this just doesn't cut it, man. Letter Grade: D+
June 19, 2013
Chris Miele

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I enjoyed this. At it's heart this was a very standard chase film...the entire plot revolved around the bad guys chasing the good guys through the streets of New York. The one difference in this film is that most of the action is on bikes. Fast. Furious. Adrenaline-packed. Relentless chase scenes containing some of the most entertaining stunts, and maneuvering. Rarely a dull moment. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic, as usual...
June 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

A bunch of annoying cyclists battle bent police in order to help smuggle in illegal immigrants with help from Chinese gangsters. A likable film though surprisingly considering the unpopularity of each of the four groups. Good casting helps and it never goes too over the top either which probably would have damaged the simplicity of the idea. The idea is sound too for the best part, maybe a little contrived towards the end but not to be taken too seriously. I guess it helps if you are interested in bicycles too.
April 19, 2013

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    1. Bike Cop: Hey!
    2. Bike Cop: You know what? I'm done.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (3 months ago)
    1. Wilee: When I see a guy in a grey business suit, my age, makes my balls shrivel up into my abdomen.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (3 months ago)
    1. Bobby Monday: I'm chasing a bicycle ha he!
    – Submitted by Kevin D (19 months ago)
    1. Wilee: Hold my log. [takes off on his bike]
    – Submitted by Robert D (20 months ago)
    1. Wilee: Who the hell are you?
    2. Bobby Monday: Somebody you don't want to f*** with.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (23 months ago)
    1. Wilee: I almost got killed three times in the last ten minutes!
    – Submitted by Simon S (24 months ago)
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