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Speed Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The plot becomes so overextended, as Reeves and Hopper wage their endless public transportation battle, even the hardest Die-Harders will consider leaping off way before the final stop.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Eventually, inevitably, [it] goes too far, too fast, and ends up off the rails.
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
A really entertaining film, full of breathtaking stunts, explosions, chases and other spectacular actions. Unfortunately, those qualities seem to wear off on the second viewing...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Undeniably, the picture now and again supplies that edge-of-the-seat sensation; yet, by action-adventure standards, Speed is leaden and strangely poky. It never seems to shift into overdrive and let fly.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 11, 2014
It's more than a mere knockoff. It's a clever, carefully constructed action machine that generates lots of high-octane thrills and spills. What it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in full-throttle pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
If you have a thirst for hard action and suspense of a high order, Speed satisfies big-time.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
We've seen this done before, but seldom so well, or at such a high pitch of energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The most breath-stoppingly thrilling motion picture to open since the original Die Hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 24, 2002
Not only is this flick a taut and wonderfully-crafted thriller, but Speed has some of the highest 'rewatchability factor' I've ever witnessed in an action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 11, 2014
Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
June 14, 2009
Athough it hits any number of gaping credibility potholes on its careening journey around Los Angeles, Speed delivers the goods as a non-stop actioner that scarcely pauses to take a breath.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A very exciting two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2013
The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2006
Sandra Bullock steals the movie. You can actually see her working her charms on Keanu during certain scenes; he cracks a smile from time to time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James White
Total Film
July 30, 2013
The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 21, 2002
'Speed' may not make much sense, but it moves so fast you won't have time to think about it.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
Filled with plenty of chills and thrills; it speaks to the modern mania for velocity.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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