The Fast and the Furious Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
September 17, 2001
Could you keep the noise down a touch, Vin? You're going to wake up the audience.
September 10, 2001
A visceral, high-octane, Formula One of a flick that puts the pedal to the metal in the opening minutes and does not take the foot off the accelerator until the end credits.
June 28, 2001
Works hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title.
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.
June 26, 2001
May not have much of a brain, but it's definitely got a pulse.
June 22, 2001
Diesel, Brewster and Rodriguez have undeniable charisma, while Walker is serviceable in his role.
June 22, 2001
The young and the restless with gas fumes.
June 22, 2001
Cohen ... at least knows how to keep matters moving and the action sequences exciting.
June 22, 2001
The narrative takes a gutless turn and replaces the central (and exciting) conflict with a whole different set of villains.
June 22, 2001
It's a formula movie, to be sure, but it's Formula One.
June 22, 2001
Rob Cohen, who last directed The Skulls -- ouch! -- can consider this one another career-killing skid mark.
June 22, 2001
Guilt-free pleasure, the sort that wears its trashiness on its sleeve and exults in it.
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.
June 22, 2001
Yes, the whole thing is pretty dumb, and every character and every situation is familiar from better movies.
June 22, 2001
An action picture that's surprising in the complexity of its key characters and portents of tragedy.
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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