Speed Racer Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
May 8, 2008

At an exceedingly long 135 minutes, the film needs more than what might result from the explosion of a Crayola factory, and Speed Racer has nothing extra to offer -- no heart, no excitement, no moments to cherish.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
May 9, 2008

Sugar, not petrol, is the fuel that comes to mind watching candy-hued, visually hyperactive, narratively sputtering Speed Racer.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
May 9, 2008

With "The Matrix" the Wachowski Brothers created a sci fi action classic, with its two sequels they destroyed a franchise and now with Speed Racer they have destroyed another one right out the box.

| Original Score: 1/4
Alonso Duralde
MSNBC
May 6, 2008

Imagine someone pouring hot, melted Starburst candies into your corneas, and you just begin to approximate the experience of Speed Racer, an ice-cream headache of a movie ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
May 9, 2008

This toxic admixture of computer-generated frenzy and live-action torpor succeeds in being, almost simultaneously, genuinely painful -- the esthetic equivalent of needles in eyeballs -- and weirdly benumbing, like eye candy laced with lidocaine.

John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 8, 2008

While they celebrate and subvert genre conventions, their tone isn't mocking. They want kiddies and their chaperons to enjoy and question, yet the approach does distance the audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
May 8, 2008

Unabashedly seditious in the vein of their previous movies, the Wachowski's "Speed Racer" has serious flaws, and barely enough color and speed to appeal to half of its target audience.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
May 9, 2008

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the entire movie was paid for by the makers of Tylenol.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
LivePDX
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
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
May 9, 2008

It gave me a headache, a stomach ache and the less-defined unease that comes from witnessing a major change in the zeitgeist. Because the zeitgeist, judging from this movie, now embraces rattle-headed visual delirium at all costs.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
May 2, 2008

Unlike a Pixar cartoon that embraces as wide an audience as possible, Speed Racer proudly denies entry into its ultra-bright world to all but gamers, fanboys and anime enthusiasts.

Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
May 8, 2008

Young boys will probably eat this stuff up but older fans of the cartoons might leave the movie feeling like the Wachowskis have taken a big fat multi-colored dump on their sense of nostalgia.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Stevens
E! Online
May 8, 2008

Emile Hirsch takes a wild ride as the titular hero from the kitschy '60s cartoon, but if you don't have ADD before entering this Racer, you will by the finish line.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
Top Critic
May 9, 2008

Speed Racer intends to convey a sense of heedless momentum, but it drags painfully.

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2008

Comparable to dousing one's eyeballs in a sugary hyper-digitized Skittles soup.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
May 12, 2008

The actors are lost amidst the orgy of pixels writhing around like the special effects equivalent of a bukkake film

Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 9, 2008

Who would have thought a movie this dazzling could also be so boring?

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
May 10, 2008

An ugly cartoon.

Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
May 15, 2008

A catastrophic experiment.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
Top Critic
October 18, 2008


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