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-
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
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
October 18, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.

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".

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
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.

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
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
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
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.

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

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

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