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Rush (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 209
Fresh: 186 | Rotten: 23

A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.

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A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.

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Two-time Academy Award (R) winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams once again with two-time Academy Award (R)-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth of The Avengers, Thor) and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl of Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum). (c) Official Site

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All Critics (209) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (186) | Rotten (23)

An entertaining movie with two solid performances that only occasionally stalls because of its sometimes heavy-handed treatment of Hunt and Lauda's differences.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The script is another Peter Morgan special. Like, say, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, it's a speculative duet built around a moment of newsworthiness.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
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If you don't already know the story of that season, lucky you; even now, it exerts a ridiculous thrill.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Rush is an outsize Hollywood spectacle about two outsize personalities in conflict, a sleekly assembled thrill machine that makes up in excitement for what it lacks in nuance.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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Rush is not a particularly deep film. But more importantly, it is not a film that mistakes itself for deep. And this self-knowledge makes Rush, in some ways, a wiser film than many that aspire to loftier goals.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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Howard's good sense on Rush is to repeat his Frost/Nixon success by surrounding himself with superior writing and acting talent

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Rush is pure 'print the myth' stuff -- but since both its heroes really are myths, it gets away with it, with more grace and vigor than you might expect.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

One of the best looking and sounding films of the year on top of being one of the most exciting.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Hemsworth and Bruhl quickly develop a rapport, and even though they don't share much screen time together their relationship as Lauda and Hunt is convincing, funny, cool, and often emotional, and the same goes for the rest of Howard's [movie].

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

This is still an exciting story about competition, but without that stirring moment of humanity that helps sports movies win over the audience, Rush comes up a lap short.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

It's a duel of dualism, with audiences leaning into the corners to decide whether to ally themselves with Hunt's hedonism or Lauda's hard-headedness. Howard's triumph is that the choice is never an easy one.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Morgan's talent for dramatizing recent history remains unimpaired, the race scenes are harrowingly exciting, and Howard gets fine performances from all, especially Brühl in a showcase breakout role.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Ron Howard understands how to frame intense action sequences, but frequently lacks the emotional leverage to avoid cliché.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

...a satisfying biopic that gets the job done efficiently and without much fanfare

November 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Howard and Morgan call the movie Rush, and that's pretty much what it delivers, to no greater purpose than one of those five-hour energy shots you can buy at a deli counter, but certainly with no less of a kick.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Even if you don't know your Formula One from Baby Formula, director Ron Howard has fashioned a powerful drama that will thrill even novices to the sport.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Contains plenty of hairpin curves, but its most welcome twist is the way it reverses expectations in its presentations of the rival drivers, Hunt and Lauda.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The thriller tells us all we need to know about the real-life champion Formula 1 rivals in the early 1970s.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Howard opts for excitement over subltety in his Formula One movie. Why not?

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

As well as brandishing his usual mastery for pacing gutsy dramas, [director Ron] Howard's command over his division of digital artists results in some great sequences once the action moves to the track.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Really snappy entertainment, and the great art of making slick entertainment for adult audiences has been too long forgotten.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Rush will find your inner petrol head as you're faced with the reality that there's a knife's edge between death and glory.

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

With fine performances, extraordinary evocations of key races, a sweaty '70s feel and a celebratory aspect as we fondly remember two diehard nutters, this isn't called Rush for nothing.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Audience Reviews for Rush

A superb drama by Ron Howard about rivalry between two greatest F1 racer in history, James Hunt vs Niki Lauda.. And to tell you the truth, I'm kinda amazed with Chris Hemsworth performance in this movie because before this movie I always look at him as the actor who depends on his look but I was wrong.. While Daniel Bruhl came and gave a stronger performance as Niki Lauda, the way he portraying him were outstanding.. Overall, it's a great movie that been overlooked by the academy this year..
March 17, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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A supremely entertaining adrenaline charged film about two rival Formula One racers (Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl), and how each battled each other in the mid 70's for the title of world champion of their sport. Director Ron Howard shows plenty of muscle in the flash department, and deserves a ton of credit for putting together some startling, awesome race sequences. The acting is also phenomenal, and although Hemsworth might get top billing due to his movie-star persona, it is Bruhl who shows just how talented and great an actor he is, in an Oscar-caliber performance. This film does a great job borrowing from the "Warrior" style of how to tell a sports story, where you go back and forth from pulling and sympathizing from these two characters. This is a special sports film, and one that effortlessly moves through its two-hour time frame.
March 5, 2014
Dan Schultz

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Everyone's driven by something.

Very Good Film! The camera work is spectacular, none less so than with some very creative angles of the beautifully filmed on track action. The brief in-helmet camera shots are inspired, giving you a glimpse of the drivers world. It is difficult to make a good movie about car racing, especially to make one for the time period from 1970 to 1976. I don't know how they did it to bring those old F1 cars back to life. You will feel like you are really there watching the racing, it's really unbelievable. It is truly touching to see each character played their perfect role for this movie, Chris Hemsworth did a great performance, he is such a talented and devoted actor. Daniel Brühl also did a great job on portraying the eccentric and unsociable legendary F1 driver Niki Lauda. A great movie is like having a great meal, a good starter, a good soup/salad, a good main course and a good dessert, well balanced. Rush is that good meal, it's a fun ride! Go see it!

Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.
February 19, 2014
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Manu Gino

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A solid character study with a scary-amazing performance by Daniel Bruhl.
January 29, 2014
Julie

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    1. Peter Hunt: What's the point of having a million cups and medals if you don't have any fun? How is that winning?
    – Submitted by Frances H (6 days ago)
    1. Lord Hesketh: They could never have imagined, those pioneers who invented the automobile that it would possess us like this, our imaginations, our dreams. Nursie, men love women, but even more than that, men love cars.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (3 months ago)
    1. Niki Lauda: I'm not in a hurry, I'm not being paid, why would I drive fast?
    – Submitted by James W (3 months ago)
    1. Niki Lauda: Of course he didn't listen to me. For James, one world title was enough. He had proved what he needed to prove. To himself and anyone who doubted him. And two years later, he retired. When I saw him next in London, seven years later, me as a champion again, him as broadcaster, he was barefoot on a bicycle with a flat tire, still living each day like his last. When I heard he died age 45 of a heart attack, I wasn't surprised. I was just sad. People always think of us as rivals but he was among the very few I liked and even fewer that I respected. He remains the only person I envied.
    – Submitted by James B (5 months ago)
    1. James Hunt: Now go home to your wife and ask her you look.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (7 months ago)
    1. Niki Lauda: A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (7 months ago)
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