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The Fast and the Furious Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 12, 2008
A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed.
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
March 12, 2008
While few of the paper-thin characters register long enough to make much of an impression, Diesel carries the movie with his unsettling mix of Zen-like tranquillity and barely controlled rage.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 15, 2006
Returning the series to solid ground after 2 Fast 2 Furious leaned too heavily on cartoonish CGI effects, Tokyo Drift relies on old-fashioned stunt work that gives its best sequences a sense of brute physicality.
| Original Score: C
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It doesn't matter that we know where it's going, what counts is that Cohen keeps his pedal to the floor and that his actors gun their lines with absolute conviction. Loud cars, fast music: this movie knows exactly what it's about.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 28, 2001
Works hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
June 26, 2001
Even those who've never heard of 'rice rockets' (Japanese imports souped up with computerized hydraulics and customized engines) might be charmed by the film's blend of kineticism, car-culture rituals, and hilariously flat-footed dialogue.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 26, 2001
May not have much of a brain, but it's definitely got a pulse.
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
June 22, 2001
Diesel, Brewster and Rodriguez have undeniable charisma, while Walker is serviceable in his role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
June 22, 2001
The young and the restless with gas fumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
June 22, 2001
Cohen ... at least knows how to keep matters moving and the action sequences exciting.
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June 22, 2001
The narrative takes a gutless turn and replaces the central (and exciting) conflict with a whole different set of villains.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2001
It's a formula movie, to be sure, but it's Formula One.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 22, 2001
Rob Cohen, who last directed The Skulls -- ouch! -- can consider this one another career-killing skid mark.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 22, 2001
Guilt-free pleasure, the sort that wears its trashiness on its sleeve and exults in it.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 22, 2001
Such a drag that it ends up doing something hard to imagine: it makes you long for the soulless professionalism of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 22, 2001
Yes, the whole thing is pretty dumb, and every character and every situation is familiar from better movies.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 22, 2001
An action picture that's surprising in the complexity of its key characters and portents of tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2001
These gear-heads may spout car-talk like know-it-alls, but they sound no less nerdy than trivia-obsessed Trekkers.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 22, 2001
Has B-movie grit, with sexy young actors, even sexier cars and the smarts to realize a teen movie will only work if you empathize with its characters.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 22, 2001
The disconcertingly but finally happy surprise of the picture comes with the way it persuades you to its perverse point of view.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2001
It's been a long time since we've had a junky exploitation movie we could really fall for. The Fast and the Furious is that movie.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 22, 2001
Breathes life and fire -- and fury -- into the old hot-rod movie.
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June 22, 2001
Screenwriters Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, and David Ayer haven't really written a movie, they've followed a formula.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2001
It delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2001
Doesn't manage to deliver the wild ride it promises.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2001
It jumps off the screen with the mindless panache of a good bad movie.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 22, 2001
The guys in F & F are all wusses. Lara Croft and Charlie's Angels could kick all of their asses.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 21, 2001
If you're 14 and love Limp Bizkit, or 50 and yearn to lay down some rubber, chances are you'll think this honey corners like it's on rails.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 21, 2001
Will appeal to the inner juvenile delinquent in all of us.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2001
The movie is pretty funny, except it's not a comedy.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2001
A massive compendium of youth-movie/ pedal-to-the-metal cliches.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 21, 2001
Since we've become a nation of 9-mile-per-gallon, automatic-transmission SUV-driving sissies, a movie about the blood-curdling speed you can achieve in a Honda Civic is probably all we deserve.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2001
There's some undeniable appeal to watching a well-oiled, built-for-speed machine operating with its pedal to the metal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 21, 2001
Even if your life doesn't revolve around your carburetor, the movie is a kicky guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 4, 2001
This movie has 'guilty pleasure' written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4