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Speed Racer Reviews

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William Goss
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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.

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May 29, 2013
Ali Gray

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2012
Joshua Starnes

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 Source: | Original Score: 7/10

March 30, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

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

Full Review Source: Orange County and Long Beach Blade | Original Score: A-

February 27, 2009
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

October 18, 2008
Vic Holtreman

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
Kit Bowen

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2008
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

September 22, 2008
Shane Burridge

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

Full Review

August 22, 2008
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2008
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (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.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)

June 13, 2008
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

Given that Speed Racer itself is basically an elaborate commercial, the anti-corporate message inevitably rings hollow.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 12, 2008
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 12, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 5, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Perhaps it's not as visually overwhelming or headache inducing on the small screen... but I have to admit I enjoyed myself.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 29, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A very pretty, colorful roller coaster ride, a wonderful construction of visual imagination.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

May 23, 2008
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times

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 Source: Watertown Daily Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 23, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
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