Speed Racer Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
July 18, 2014

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.

William Goss
Film.com
Top Critic
May 29, 2013

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.

Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
October 14, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011

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 | Original Score: 7/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009

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

Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 14, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 18, 2008

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.

Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 18, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tom Charity
CNN.com
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

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

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

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.

| Original Score: 2/4
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
October 1, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 22, 2008

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.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 15, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 22, 2008

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

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 13, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
June 13, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 13, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pauline Adamek
FILMINK (Australia)
June 13, 2008

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.

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