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Rush Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 31, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 31, 2013
Wesley Morris
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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.

Full Review Source: Grantland

September 30, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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If you don't already know the story of that season, lucky you; even now, it exerts a ridiculous thrill.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 30, 2013
Dana Stevens
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 29, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

September 27, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Stripped-down characters and skeletal dramaturgy limit this movie about the real-life Formula 1 racing rivalry of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, but harrowing track scenes and an affecting second half provide some vivid compensation.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B

September 27, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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This is a deeply adult drama, not least because Howard shows the costs of being so driven in a sport in which a driver is encased in a potential fireball.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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One thing's for sure with this film: You carry the "Rush" out of the theater.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

September 27, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Rush has an elemental simplicity about it. Two men in competition, driven (so to speak) to win. They are enemies. But they need each other, too, and as they roll around at 170 m.p.h., they come to understand why.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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"Rush" is the kind of Hollywood studio production that has sadly become all too rare - a smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2013
Richard Roeper
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'Rush' ranks among the best movies about auto racing ever made, featuring two great performances from the leads.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This is no mere thrill ride by two real-life rival speedsters, although it is certainly that. The film also provides a sobering look at what it takes to be a true champion.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The on-track action is blistering, the filmmaking sure-footed (even as cars fishtail into catastrophic crashes), the characters bigger than life.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 26, 2013
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Howard proves that directing action is one of his underrated strengths. The racing scenes are dynamic and easy to follow, with a sheen that brings the 1970s into sharp relief.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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This is entertaining enough, but ultimately it's spuriously triumphant Oscar-baiting fluff.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 26, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Hemsworth and Brühl are outstanding. Their story is what drives the movie, two men different in every way except for their unyielding desire to win.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 26, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"Rush," while never dull, rarely feels dramatically alive; it hits its marks dutifully and darts onward.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Mostly a lot of noise and nonsense, a garish enterprise that almost - though not quite - trivializes the tale.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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In a way, "Rush" is a philosophical drama about the varying ways men move through the world. It's just a really fast drama.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2013
Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
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You spend at least half the movie on the edge of your seat, and not just because you're rooting for someone to win or lose.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2013
James Berardinelli
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Rush not only effectively presents a balanced view of the rivalry between two race car drivers but manages the difficult task of taking Formula One racing, an inherently non-cinematic sport, and translating it to the screen.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Rush isn't bad, exactly, but it's like a standard-issue male action programmer that somehow crept in from an earlier era.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2013
Joel Arnold
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Howard chooses a few moments to let the film breathe, but for the most part - aside from a clunky first-person narration that book-ends the film - he propels Rush from scene to scene with a momentum that never lets the thing drag.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 20, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Howard keeps his cameras small and all over the cars, to show us dazzling machinery in motion, the ground whizzing by in a blur underneath. Playing to his own strengths, though, he keeps this a movie about character.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Working from a very clever script by Peter Morgan ("The Queen"), Mr. Howard doesn't pick sides. He lets two distinctly abrasive characters rub up against his viewers, chafing them into gear.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 19, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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In another movie, either of these men -- the arrogant hunk, the frozen robot -- might have been our villain. But screenwriter Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon") has a deeper insight.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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I've seen Brühl in several German-language films, and I'm not surprised that he's perfect as the monomaniacal Lauda, but Hemsworth is the revelation here.

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September 19, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Despite its strengths, the telling of this counterintuitive tale about the mysterious ways cutthroat competition can enrich lives never manages to be completely convincing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 19, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Fine filmmaking, a smart, visually engorged, frequently thrilling tale of boyish competition - inspired by a true story. At heart it's "Amadeus" on wheels, only this time Salieri is the Austrian.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Brilliantly captures the exhilaration that comes from facing death head-on. It's also an ode to joyous rivalry.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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By the time the final lap of "Rush" starts, we're up for the ride.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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As cars spin and shimmer in the rain at the climactic and astounding Grand Prix in Japan, we never lose sight of what's human and striving behind the wheel.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 19, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Howard doesn't just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver's head.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Rush satisfies our lust for both grand character combat and deadly gearhead spectacle.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 19, 2013
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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It's not only one of the better racing films, it's one of Howard's best.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 18, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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These are classic frenemies; their tale deserves more gas in the tank.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 17, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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Anyone who can get to the theater on two legs, or four wheels, should see it on the big screen.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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An exhilarating surprise from a director who's been playing it safe for most of his career. Like his heroes, he takes a risk and wins.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 17, 2013
Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
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Rush is basically a foursquare sports film, enlivened by whiplash-inducing, crisply edited racing sequences but otherwise pretty ordinary.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: b-

September 13, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Rush hits a few potholes, but in the end it reveals the psyches of two men who only feel alive when they're cheating death.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 11, 2013
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 2013
Laremy Legel
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The rare sports movie that's compelling as both a drama and a spectacle.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8.6/10

September 6, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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The lead actors shine in an engaging look at the two fierce rivals who battled it out for the Formula One championship in 1976.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 3, 2013
Peter Debruge
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Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year's most compelling performances.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2013
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