Speed Racer (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Speed Racer (2008)



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

Movie Info

In the world of violent, high-speed racing, brothers Rex and Speed Racer become rivals as powerful racer Mondragan manipulates their careers in order to kill them both during the world championships, but the brothers learn its all just an act of vengeance against Pops Racer, who caused the death of Mondragan's father in a race long ago.more
Rating: PG (for sequences of action, some violence, language and brief smoking)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2008
Box Office: $43.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Matthew Fox
as Racer X
as Taejo Togokhan
Paulie Litt
as Spritle
Benno Fürmann
as Inspector Detector
Kick Gurry
as Sparky
Roger Allam
as Royalton
Nicholas Elia
as Young Speed
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Grey Ghost
Melissa Holroyd
as Speed's Teacher
Ariel Winter
as Young Trixie
Nan Yu
as Horuko
Gian Ganziano
as Everyman Announcer
Peter Jay Fernandez
as Local Announcer
Harvey Friedman
as Harold Lederman Anno...
Sadao Ueda
as Japanese Announcer
Valery Tscheplanowa
as Russian Announcer
as Chim Chim
Sami Loris
as Italian Announcer
Kenzie Lovelay
as Chim Chim
Olivier Marlo
as French Announcer
Sean McDonagh
as Celtic Announcer
Christian Oliver
as Snake Oiler
Vinzenz Kiefer
as Crew Chief/Sempre Fi...
Mark Zak
as Blackjack Benelli
Julia Joyce
as Blonde Pack Leader
Clayton Nemrow
as Race Announcer
Ricky Watson
as Race Commentator
L. Trey Wilson
as Press Man
Lauren Blake
as Flight Attendant
Ralph Herforth
as Cannonball Taylor
Waldemar Kobus
as Vinny--Cruncher Thug
John Benfield
as Cruncher Block
Max Hopp
as Cruncher Thug
Julie T. Wallace
as Truck Driver
Matthias Redhammer
as Marvin the Cleaning ...
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Mr. Musha
Matthias Redlhammer
as Marvin the Cleaning ...
Ecki Hoffman
as Joel Goldman
Stephen Marcus
as Security Goon
Art LaFleur
as Fuji Announcer
Paul Sirr
as Dour Face
Ramon Tikaram
as Casa Christo Announc...
Melvil Poupaud
as Johnny "Goodboy" Jon...
Kady Taylor
as Queen of Casa Christ...
Junior Sone Enang
as Shark Driver
Dari Maximova
as Flying Fox
Werner Daehn
as Sempre Fi-Ber Leader
Komi Togbonou
as Thor-azine Leader
Leila Rozario
as Hydro-cell Driver
Steven Wilson
as C.I.B. Security Man
Karl Yune
as Taejo Body Guard
Togo Igawa
as Mr. Togokahn
Jonathan Kinsler
as Fuji Reporter
Anatole Taubman
as Fuji Reporter
Ben Miles
as Cass Jones
Frank Witter
as Security Official
Megan Gay
as Senior Race Official
Corinne Orr
as Grand Prix Female An...
Joe Mazza
as Nitro
Joon Park
as Yakuza Driver
Milka Duno
as Gearbox
Amira Osman
as Count Down Tower Wom...
Ashley Walters
as Prince Kabala
Jens Neuhaus
as German Announcer
Sesede Terziyan
as Turkish Announcer
Ill-Young Kim
as Korean Announcer
Yuriri Naka
as Japanese Announcer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez
as Spanish Announcer
Yu Fang
as Chinese Announcer
Narges Rashidi
as Persian Announcer
Andrés Cantor
as Grand Prix Announcer
Art La Fleur
as Fuji Announcer
Peter Fernandez
as Local Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Speed Racer

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (49)

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Top Critic

Twelve-year-old boys should be wowed, but for the rest of us, it will depend on your appetite for eye candy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

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
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It seems less a commercial strategy by the Wachowskis as a philosophical one: to incorporate as many forms of communication and color-blind ethnicity as possible, much as they did with the Matrix pictures.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014

This is Wacky Races powered by Enzo Ferrari and designed by Andy Warhol - candy-coloured carnage with a turbo-charged engine.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

Audience Reviews for Speed Racer


high speed over the top action with lots of crazy CGI gave this live action film a great feel for the old cartoon. Fun but not great.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Speed Racer is a film that upon initial release polarized audiences due to its story, performances, dialogue and visual style. However, visually, this film is a real treat. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from this film, but I came out of it surprised. Speed Racer is a film that pure entertainment value from start to finish, if you enjoy films that are visually appealing, then this is a film for you. Sure, I agree that the film is over stylish, but that's a good thing. Although the script does seem a little rocky at times, the payoff comes in the races themselves. Overall this is a fun, entertaining film that is underrated, and it definitely deserves more praise just for the creativity alone. If you enjoy a good, effective and captivating picture, this film is worth seeing. Keep an open mind, it's a film that deserves much more recognition than it deserves. Sure, it's a flawless masterwork of cinema, but it's nonetheless a worthwhile and memorable viewing experience that anyone can enjoy if you're in the right frame of mind. The film's strong points are the visuals, races and overall look at the film, its flaws are in the dialogue and sometime cheesy performances, but really all that goes out the window because of its entertainment value. Speed Racer is a film that works well because its cast are good, and the direction is effective enough to grab your attention. Although it's not perfect, the film is well worth your time if you're looking for a pleasant visually charged time waster to watch. Upon seeing the film, I was surprised that mainstream critics couldn't see the merit in such a movie. Speed Racer deserves far more credit than it deserves, and most importantly, it deserves a second look.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Speed Racer Quotes

C.I.B. Security Man: I'm sorry to disturb you sir, but do you know these people?
Speed: [leans over to see his family and a very angry Pops Racer] Yeah...
– Submitted by David R (3 years ago)
Speed: Get that weak shit off my track!
– Submitted by Cameron D (3 years ago)
Trixie: Was that a ninja?
Pops: More like a nonja, terrible what passes for a ninja these days.
– Submitted by Justin M (4 years ago)
Mom: I don't go to watch you race, I go to watch you make art.
– Submitted by Cornelius T (4 years ago)

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