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Speed Racer (2008)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 207
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 127

The Wachowski Brothers have overloaded Speed Racer with headache-inducing special effects, and neglected to develop a coherent storyline.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 33

The Wachowski Brothers have overloaded Speed Racer with headache-inducing special effects, and neglected to develop a coherent storyline.



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The Matrix masterminds Andy and Larry Wachowski usher anime icon Tatsuo Yoshida's classic 1960s-era hit into the new millennium with this family-friendly story of a young racecar driver who takes on the mysterious Racer X in a custom-made, gadget-loaded speed machine named the Mach 5. Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is the kind of driver that every wheelman wishes he could be: a born winner whose unbeatable combination of aggression, instinct, and fearlessness always finds him crossing the checkered

Sep 16, 2008


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All Critics (209) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (127) | DVD (30)

Amid the overly earnest tone, (almost) squeaky-clean humor and familiar messages about teamwork and integrity is the rare film family that's as strong at the start as they are by the end.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Twelve-year-old boys should be wowed, but for the rest of us, it will depend on your appetite for eye candy.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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Even the target audience of 10-year-olds might get jimmy legs sitting for a punishing 135 minutes as the Wachowski brothers projectile-vomit their cotton-candy dreams all over the big screen.

October 18, 2008 | Comments (2)
Rolling Stone
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I love the look and the style and the spirit of this film.

May 12, 2008 | Comments (8)
Ebert & Roeper
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Speed Racer creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future. Its biggest disappointment, strangely enough, is its raison d'être -- the races themselves.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek | Comments (2)
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Speed Racer intends to convey a sense of heedless momentum, but it drags painfully.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comments (3)
The New Republic
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This is Wacky Races powered by Enzo Ferrari and designed by Andy Warhol - candy-coloured carnage with a turbo-charged engine.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

The filmic side effect of eating an entire bowl full of sugar, Speed Racer is designed entirely with one audience in mind, and despite it's best efforts it's not going to appeal to anyone else.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

What grounds the spectacle, pushing it beyond a two-hour ejaculation of sensation, is its yearning for innocence

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Fellow critics mercilessly denounced this dazzling, visually inventive adaptation; one of the ten best films of 2008

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Orange County and Long Beach Blade | Comments (10)
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

Cut from car to driver to announcer to audience and over and over again, ad nauseam. Such pretty racing scenes, so little to actually see.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The brothers swamp the fragile story and characters with such a deluge of CGI tricks and elaborate action sequences that it proves hard to care about the humans on screen.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

You have to be 12 to like it, and I have to say there is little or nothing here to remind us why we were all quite so excited about The Matrix.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A flashy, colorful film that packs a ton o' fun into its fast-paced frame.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

You can feel the kids in the audience tapping their feet, waiting for more action. So, let's just give the kids what they want: fast-paced excitement, wrapped up in a colorful package.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The arty blockbuster has arrived, and it's as flashy, accessorized and auto-erotic as can be. Which creates a strange sensation indeed, that it's not just the cars that are smoking, but those Wachowski brothers as well, and whatever's in their pipes too.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Maybe it's all flash and little substance, but there's no denying the appeal of that flash....

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The Wachowskis blur the definition of "children's film" as much as the original cartoon challenged Western perceptions of "children's television".

August 22, 2008 Full Review

And here we have a prime example of why studios should not be funding the creations of The Wachowski Brothers. While visually dazzling, the film's paper thin plot and the cheesiness of its actors are a huge disservice.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (3)
Cinema Sight

The appeal of this frenetically-paced fantasy is probably limited to 10-year-olds, gamers and fanboys.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

This is fairly simplistic anti-corporate fare, told in a way that occasionally defies comprehension as well as gravity. Impressionistic is the word.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
At the Movies (Australia)

An overlong and downright boring story, with its plodding family scenes interspersed between the action sequences, makes Speed Racer a bit of a flooded engine.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Resembling little more than a two-hour video game, the high-energy movie is positive enough about the strength of family to forgive the challenges of the format and simply go along for the (very loud and noisy) ride offered by the Wachowski brothers.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Courier Mail (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Speed Racer

The Wachowski Bros trade in the cleverness and storytelling for fast-paced racing and typical nonsense. Speed Racer is a visually a remarkable adaptation of the television series, but could be improved in many many different ways with its flat story and simplistic performances from its ensemble. 2.5/5
May 7, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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I hate saying this, but I find myself liking every bit of this movie! Im still trying to figure out why, but I love the style and the heart that goes itno this very odd Hot Wheels-like motion picture. Taking the classic kids show and making this almost seemed like an unforgettable thing, and that is exactly what happened, but unusually in a good way. I really enjoyed watching "Speed Racer", because it is the most fun I have had with a movie in a long time. It's not a great film in any way, but the story is very good and the action took risks that I have never seen a film take before. This is a very fun film to watch, and I recommend it solely for that.
April 21, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

It's got such a fantastic ensemble cast that goes to waste because of an over dose of special effects and action sequences. The film goes from one scene to another in such a short length of time. My advice? Slow down.
December 21, 2011
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    1. C.I.B. Security Man: I'm sorry to disturb you sir, but do you know these people?
    2. Speed: [leans over to see his family and a very angry Pops Racer] Yeah...
    – Submitted by David R (18 months ago)
    1. Speed: Get that weak shit off my track!
    – Submitted by Cameron D (22 months ago)
    1. Trixie: Was that a ninja?
    2. Pops: More like a nonja, terrible what passes for a ninja these days.
    – Submitted by Justin M (2 years ago)
    1. Mom: I don't go to watch you race, I go to watch you make art.
    – Submitted by Cornelius T (2 years ago)
    1. Racer X: No, he's going to be the best... if they don't destroy him first.
    – Submitted by Jeff V (2 years ago)
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