Speed Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 11, 2014
De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it.
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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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 23, 2012
The story is a starting gun, a reason to roll out the high-tech action movie chase and demolition experts. It's gaudy action shtick, and it's fitting that the last stop is at Hollywood Boulevard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2009
Talk about simple. But the film's sheer cut-to-the-chase straightfowardness is part of its appeal.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Cleverer action films (Die Hard II and The Fugitive, for instance) deliver more sardonic intelligence, but this one still gets the job done.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The smart and sassy Bullock is a knockout. She makes us believe the impossible things Annie is doing and, better, makes us care.
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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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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
Relentless without being overbearing, this is one likely blockbuster that doesn't feel too big for its britches. It's a friendly juggernaut.
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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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The most breath-stoppingly thrilling motion picture to open since the original Die Hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 10, 1994
The film takes off from formula elements, but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.
Full Review | Original Score: A