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Speed Racer Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Sugar, not petrol, is the fuel that comes to mind watching candy-hued, visually hyperactive, narratively sputtering Speed Racer.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2008
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

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

May 9, 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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 9, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 8, 2008
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

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 Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: B-

May 8, 2008
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical

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

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 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 Source: LivePDX | Original Score: 4/10

May 22, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 2, 2008
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5/10

May 8, 2008
Matt Stevens
E! Online

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 Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

May 8, 2008
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 13, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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Speed Racer intends to convey a sense of heedless momentum, but it drags painfully.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

May 9, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

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

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

May 12, 2008
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

May 9, 2008
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com

An ugly cartoon.

Full Review

May 10, 2008
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly

A catastrophic experiment.

Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

May 15, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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