Speed Racer Reviews

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Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
June 13, 2008
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.
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
June 13, 2008
At the finish line Speed Racer comes across as an indulgent fantasy project for the Wachowskis.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
June 12, 2008
Given that Speed Racer itself is basically an elaborate commercial, the anti-corporate message inevitably rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Colin Newton
Sunday Mail (Australia)
June 12, 2008
No doubt the Wachowski brothers were aiming for a surreal atmosphere, and they hit their mark, but it too often felt less an edge-of-your-seat movie experience and more a pretty cool new computer game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 12, 2008
Speed Racer is a masterpiece of its kind, and a definitive benchmark for film not only as a special effects extravaganza but as the moment when the Wachowskis went from wunderkind directors to true auteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
"It sure does have some pretty colors. True, the film is a mess and a failure in nearly every other department, but you can't deny that those colors look great."
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 5, 2008
Creating visual styles that break boundaries is what the Wachowskis do best; Speed Racer is a thrilling triumph of multi-layered visual storytelling, combining CGI with live action & involving mind boggling race sequences using virtual real-life locations
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 4, 2008
I'm not sure exactly who the audience for this is and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed, but it's a fun and wild ride that is unlike anything in theaters right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 2, 2008
It's hard to fill two hours when your best ideas only last a few seconds apiece, and the shortfall of ingenuity causes the worst possible result: boredom.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 29, 2008
Perhaps it's not as visually overwhelming or headache inducing on the small screen... but I have to admit I enjoyed myself.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
May 29, 2008
I never much cared for the cartoon.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 29, 2008
at once hyper-detailed and abstract, simultaneously drawing you in and pushing you out, with the ultimate effect of wearing you out
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 24, 2008
Its eye candy may not satisfy anyone other than the most dedicated of fans. This film could have used a heavy dose of Spielberg pacing and Pixar personality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 23, 2008
A very pretty, colorful roller coaster ride, a wonderful construction of visual imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 23, 2008
If a simple egg can be compared to your brain, then an egg watching the Wachowski brothers' flashy Speed Racer is your brain on drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
May 22, 2008
"Speed Racer" is a stylish, electrifying, intense and visually breathtaking catastrophe of a movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2008
Belying its own title, it's a mind-boggling bog of slow-witted repetition. After 5 minutes of zippy eye candy, what'll we do for the next 2 hours? You might want to bring along something to read.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 20, 2008
(...) Pretende conformar a todos: los fanáticos de la serie de antes y los niños y adolescentes de ahora. Lo logra a medias. En todo caso, un entretenimiento liviano y vistoso al que no habría que exigirle más que eso.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 18, 2008
...way too much of a not-good-enough thing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
May 17, 2008
Diabetics need to be wary of Andy and Larry Wachowski's adaptation of the cult anime series Speed Racer %u2014 the big-screen version contains so much eye candy, you're liable to slip into a coma. These talented siblings proved in the original Matr
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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