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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
October 2, 2015
Director/co-writer Robert Zemeckis has undeniable energy and flair, but it's being misspent on pretexts and situations that seem inexcusably gratuitous and snide.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2015
Most of the time, I didn't know whether to laugh or shudder, and I ended up doing a lot of both.
Richard Luck
Film4
October 2, 2015
Featuring a great turn from Kurt Russell, Used Cars is both a brilliantly funny comedy and a good reminder of just how interesting a writer-director Robert Zemeckis used to be.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 2, 2015
It's also one of the funniest ruminations on American values, as the car showroom becomes a warped microcosm of society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 2, 2015
Used Cars is full of used characters, used ideas, and used jokes, many of which are in astonishingly bad taste.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 2, 2015
Filled with riotous plot twists and effective black humor, this is a truly inventive and memorable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 2, 2015
Sixties nostalgia from I Wanna Hold Your Hand shifts to bracing vulgarity circa late-'70s, just as Kurt Russell graduates from Disney to conman greasiness.

People Magazine
October 2, 2015
You'd be crazy to buy a used car from either one of these hucksters, but their pitch is irresistible.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 24, 2014
Everything one would expect from an R-rated comedy from the early '80s is present and accounted for: gratuitous T&A, profanity that flies like poetry, then-timely potshots at famous figures, and plenty of impressive vehicular stuntwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
August 13, 2010
The film's incessant assault on its characters and their perverse quest for the American Holy Grail (money and power) has the pacing and energy of a 1930's zany screwball comedy, but is much darker in spirit
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
What might have looked like a great idea on paper has been tackled by filmmakers who haven't expanded it much beyond the one joke inherent in the premise.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Used Cars runs on a contemporary screwball motor with a slapstick chassis.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Used Cars was written, directed, and produced by the team of Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale, two young filmmakers who seem to be higher on kinetic energy than on structure and comedic instinct.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A foul-mouthed, bumpercrunching farce that is often funnier in theory than in fact but, even so, is a movie that has more laughs in it than any film of the summer except Airplane!
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 10, 2004
Biting comedy
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
It's better than most Zemeckis movies -- for what that's worth.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
May 22, 2002
The romantic subplot, like nearly everything else here, is a total lemon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 4, 2002
...Makes us wish that Robert Zemeckis had directed every T&A comedy [of the 1980s]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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