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Speed Racer Reviews

William Goss
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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
Tom Charity
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Twelve-year-old boys should be wowed, but for the rest of us, it will depend on your appetite for eye candy.

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October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: C+

October 18, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Even the target audience of 10-year-olds might get jimmy legs sitting for a punishing 135 minutes as the Wachowski brothers projectile-vomit their cotton-candy dreams all over the big screen.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I love the look and the style and the spirit of this film.

May 12, 2008
David Ansen
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Speed Racer creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future. Its biggest disappointment, strangely enough, is its raison d'ŕtre -- the races themselves.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

May 12, 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
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
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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More than the story of the Racer family, Speed Racer is the visual autobiography of the Wachowskis and their pit crew of computer-nerd Einsteins, using the tools of their trade to transform the movie medium.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 9, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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For a movie about velocity, the excitement factor is low and the races feel like a drag.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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The movie, unfortunately, doesn't make that leap from sensation to art, but it suggests fascinating possibilities for moviemakers interested in using the latest techniques seriously to explore the world -- the fairyland we have made with our technology.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
Dana Stevens
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Shapes hurtle toward you, then recede abruptly, each bearing some fragment of narrative information that has now passed you by forever. Nausea and anxiety begin to wash over you in overlapping waves.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 9, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The actors seem lost in a gumball dispenser; the audience, for the most part, might well feel the same way.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Someday, real artists may come along to use some of the techniques that the Wachowskis are developing. Then things will get interesting.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Any film fan will appreciate the Wachowskis' vision of this alternate universe that's every bit as densely textured and as pan-Asian/pan-planetary in its casting as The Matrix.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Speed Racer is brilliantly photographed and edited. It's told in a literally visionary style, full of innovation and breathtaking risk. But when it comes to the story, it's running on empty.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The movie makes you crave a streamlined story, interesting characters and a joystick.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

May 9, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of the Matrix films, once again invent stunning visual tricks in this adaptation of the late-'60s Japanese anime.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Were Larry and Andy Wachowski just really, really lucky when they made The Matrix?

| Original Score: 1/4

May 9, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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The fakeness of it all overwhelms, dampening any real excitement. It's hard to care about characters so stiff and one-dimensional they out-cartoon the cartoon originals.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 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
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An eye-popping, day-glo videogame that's as emotionally empty as it is visually exhilarating, Speed Racer is style, style, style without substance, but then it moves so fast that many may not care.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

May 9, 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
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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This is a movie that is giddily, gorgeously overwhelming, from the cool slow-motion to the Kubrick cartoons to the wormhole pyrotechnics to the kaleidoscopic bliss.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

May 9, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Speed Racer is so hyperfrenetic that, in the end, you wonder if the Wachowskis aren't trying to pull off an elaborate hoax -- a deranged techno fantasia posing as retro-ish family fare.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

May 9, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
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So bereft of intelligence, style and excitement that I can't figure out who in the world it's supposed to appeal to.

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May 9, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The Matrix creators Andy and Larry Wachowski barrel through this adaptation of the 60s animated series, hoping perhaps that no one will notice the story is as flat as roadkill.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 9, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie demands you be a glutton for sensation and then has the nerve to ask why you're not hungrier.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2008
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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Speed Racer is a manufactured widget, a packaged commodity that capitalizes on an anthropomorphized cartoon of Capitalist Evil in order to sell itself and its ancillary products.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Yes, from adults through teens to tykes, there's something here for everyone to dislike -- the whole clan can have fun making fun of this thing.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Speed Racer offers a crazy, turbo-charged mix of cartoon kitsch, gamer action, and a wild new way to think of -- and look at -- movies.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 8, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A frenetic, densely layered, narratively scrambled blob of moviemaking that will leave viewers alternately baffled and sensorially stunned.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 8, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Speed Racer sets out to honor and refresh a youthful enthusiasm from the past and winds up smothering the fun in self-conscious grandiosity.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 8, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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In the early going, the whiz-bang editing and searing primary colors in Speed Racer work like a sugar rush, but the crash from all that overstimulation is enough to reduce grown men into sobbing infants.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 8, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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At its best, it's buoyant pop entertainment focused on three things: speed, racing and retina-splitting oceans of digitally captured color.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 8, 2008
Rafer Guzman
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Against all odds it succeeds, making for a spectacular -- and spectacularly strange -- viewing experience.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 8, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Ultimately, Speed Racer comes down to the lesson your parents taught you: Despite the flash, looks aren't everything.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2008
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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It's frankly exhausting, and like that bag of Skittles, it won't really satisfy your hunger. But look at all those bright, shiny colors.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 8, 2008
James Berardinelli
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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 Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Young boys are the only suitable audience for Speed Racer, and even they might feel an urge to squirm between the videogame-style, whizbang, jellybean-colored, CG-jiggered car races that are the adrenalized heart of this entertainment with no soul.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 7, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The Wachowski brothers have tumbled into a matrix of their own with Speed Racer, one which has rendered them completely out of touch with the outside world.

May 7, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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I can sit through just about anything, but I draw the line at two hours and 15 minutes of fuchsia vomit. To suffer through this kind of hell, movie critics deserve combat pay.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 7, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Ideologically anti-corporate, previous Wachowski productions aspired to be something more than mind-less sensation; Speed Racer is thrilled to be less. It's the delusions minus the grandeur.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 7, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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I reckon the M.P.A.A. should use the advent of Speed Racer to revive an old ratings symbol: a big Roman X, meaning 'of no conceivable interest to anyone over the age of ten.'

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 5, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's an eyesore, a shambles, with incoherent action and ear-buckling dialogue.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 5, 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
Todd McCarthy
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Pure cotton candy -- entirely non-nutritious but too sweet and pretty for young people to resist.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 1, 2008
Laremy Legel
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Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

April 28, 2008
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