Premium Rush Reviews

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

Just a few spokes short of a wheel, guys.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Charity
CNN.com
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

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.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.

Cath Clarke
Time Out
Top Critic
September 11, 2012

A blast.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
Top Critic
September 3, 2012

The whole film sizzles with urban aggression.

Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
Top Critic
August 27, 2012

Premium Rush isn't mindless mayhem, a thriller for teenage boys bursting with hormonal bloodlust. Koepp's film has a brain...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
August 26, 2012

The movie speeds along crisply, providing just enough exposition to lend a few pounds of emotional weight without bogging down the breakneck pace.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
August 26, 2012

I do have an abiding fondness for compact and coherent action movies, and this is surely one.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

Throwing "premium" into the title may be overselling such a trifling entertainment. But for the cinematically discounted days of late summer, it's a perfectly diverting little ride.

Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

It's a good thing that adrenaline tends to short-circuit logical thinking; the plot is mostly nonsensical, but you'll be too thrilled by the literal twists and turns to care much.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

Premium Rush earns its place as end-of-the-summer escapism, but I can't say that it's more than a well-done formula flick.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

Undeniably, the word "action" does apply, but only as it falls between "class" and "suit."

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Lovece
Newsday
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

"Premium Rush" is both the title of this movie and its clever if less than subtle promise to summer audiences -- which it mostly delivers ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

No brakes indeed.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

This is supposed to be a life-and-death chase movie, not two friends messing around.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

Breezy and entertaining, if imperfect ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Sit back and enjoy it as a summer jolt of pure adrenaline.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Like the lithe and maligned carriers weaving their way through Big Apple traffic, "Premium Rush" is a thin, brash, sinewy thing built entirely for speed.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

The contrived tale is filled with plot holes, but the story takes a back seat to the chase-filled, daredevil action.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Mondello
NPR
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Premium Rush is just a fun ride.

Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

[It] actually doesn't sound like it would work at all as a tightly wound slice of street action, but it does, and in radically fresh ways.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Premium Rush can't decide if it's a serious, ticking-clock thriller or an antic, stunt-driven cartoon.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Cruising the streets of Manhattan, clocking in at a tight 90 minutes and set on a bike without brakes, this loose-limbed action-drama is a swift, sweaty ode to the city's subcultures and a punky descendant of '70s B-movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

"Premium Rush" has a lot of energy - too much, it's kind of exhausting. It also has a lot of trickiness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Stuffed with zingers and zippy stunts, it comes with pretty young things of all hues and hair types - few prettier than its lead, Joseph Gordon-Levitt - and start-to-finish clever special effects, none more clever or special than Michael Shannon.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

The plot is as layered and complex as a TV ad for detergent.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

The skeleton of "Premium Rush" is as old as the movies: a chase. It's how the skeleton is fleshed out that makes the movie such loopy, crazed, dangerous fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

For those who found "Speed" too thoughtful, there's "Premium Rush," the new king of brainless chase flicks (at least until Razor scooters finances its first feature film).

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

It continually spins its wheels or even goes in reverse, backtracking to previous points to load new information.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Hollywood has been trying to pull off the bike messenger as action hero since 1986's Quicksilver with Kevin Bacon. You have to hand it to Premium Rush, which has the kinetic whoosh to keep you spinning.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

A snappy, fast-paced thriller that provides a genuine rush to close out the summer. Even if you prefer four wheels over two, you're in for a pulse-pounding time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

The cycling action is fun, and there's a lot of pop mythology about the tao of bike messengers, though the latter sounds as if it were written by someone who pays for rush service, not someone who provides it.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Premium Rush supplies just enough dramatic rationale to set a series of Manhattan bike chases in motion and then follows without pretending it cares much about anything beyond the adrenaline.

Andrew Barker
Variety
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

The lovably ridiculous bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush is a welcome throwback.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Silly stuff, but for an end-of-summer matinee you could do a whole lot worse - and, by this point of the summer, probably have.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

It has a few marvelous tricks up its sleeve with extra doses of zoom-zoom.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

It's Shannon who doesn't just steal the film, he towers over it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

"Premium Rush" is great fun - nimble, quick, the thinking person's mindless entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

So appealing is Gordon-Levitt that, for great stretches of his new movie, I suspended my disapproval of his character and just went with the nonstop flow.

Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

Koepp wants to capture the immediacy of bike messengers zipping through hostile territory, but Premium Rush has an arcade elasticity that's a few stops removed from reality.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

I'm very weary of routine chase movies. There's nothing routine about "Premium Rush."

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4