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Fast & Furious Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Though I admit the title of the film is slightly dumb, I can't really fault much else going on here.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
April 9, 2009
Turn off your mind, though, and there's some fun to be had from some of the better whizz-bang sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 6, 2009
This is a movie about street racers... criminals in fact, and there was nothing grimy or dirty about it at all.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
April 6, 2009
This is more of the same.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 3, 2009
The stars look bored out of their minds when the fourth episode of the franchise stalls between racing sequences, which is all too often in a flick where 106 minutes speed by in what feels like at least four hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 3, 2009
People who want nothing more out of a movie than an extended rap video -- there's lots of hip-hop, close-ups of cars, and women in shiny tiny shorts -- may be satisfied. But this movie isn't much more than a re-do of the first film in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 3, 2009
This franchise is out of gas.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2009
The end result, while it provides moments of kinetic entertainment, is too repetitive and uneven to be satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 3, 2009
Fast & Furious spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 3, 2009
Aside from the opening sequence, there's nothing imaginative about it, and the actual filming is routine shaky-quick-cut stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 3, 2009
By far the weakest entry of the four.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 3, 2009
Boiled down to its essentials, F&F is four pretty swell auto-race video games encased in the bloated carcass of a script, by Chris Morgan, that must have been researched in the Archive of Movie Cliches.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 3, 2009
It's time for these car fiends to slam the heap into 'park.' Diesel should use his ESP powers to find a better gig with a franchise that still has some gas -- such as maybe The Pacifier 2?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
April 3, 2009
This example of presummer pop diversion will be best appreciated by future audiences flabbergasted by its unabashed revelry in fossil-fuel consumption.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 3, 2009
The reunion is fun and frantic, like the original on double nitro.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 2, 2009
The good news is that the movie's speedy and strong enough to deliver some well-tuned excitement, even if it's as bulky and brainlessly bright as the muscle cars it celebrates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2009
A strange piece of nostalgia, where, without apology, fast cars still rule and fuel is burned with abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 2, 2009
Like Brian and Dom, Fast & Furious would benefit from more female company. And Vin Diesel's mumbling sulk gets to be a drag after a while.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 2, 2009
The stars are back in the fourth installment of this fast-cars/hot-chicks series, which tells you a little something about the rocky roads their careers have traveled since 2001's original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 2, 2009
Feels about as fresh and lively as a piece of burnt rubber.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 2, 2009
Director Justin Lin still hasn't learned film geography. Even the kinetic tunnel races, meant to nitrocharge the movie, fall flat from spatial incoherence. You barely know what's happening, and to whom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 2, 2009
Everything that happens here happened in the three previous chapters -- and in Cannonball Run, for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 2, 2009
Even the most mundane lives occasionally sparkle with moments of exhilaration, and so does Moscow, Belgium.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 2, 2009
Like a lemon that's been tricked out with a fancy paint job, Fast & Furious won't stand up to much scrutiny under the hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 2, 2009
A franchise that started as a corrective for distressing action-movie trends becomes what it started out hating. Time for something new.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 2, 2009
By the fourth installment of the franchise, Fast & Furious has shed two articles from its title, regained the four original lead actors, and turned shamelessly into a monotonous unofficial edition of the Grand Theft Auto gaming series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2009
Fast & Furious succeeds because the action is supercharged in a style that recalls Mel Gibson's apocalyptic classic, The Road Warrior. The characters are more than cartoonish, and the plot grips the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2009
All four films feature terrific stunts. But Fast & Furious is the first film since the original to be smart about how far to stretch logic without sacrificing the desired macho swagger and revved-up emotions.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 2, 2009
Diesel is still charismatic thug Dominic Toretto, Walker is still determined cop Brian O'Conner, and the story is still dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 2, 2009
This means many loud racing sequences (ably directed by Justin Lin) that look like the very video games inspired by these movies: candy-colored automobiles, digital dashboards and automated female voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 2, 2009
Fast & Furious is exactly and precisely what you'd expect. Nothing more, unfortunately.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 1, 2009
In the jammed landscape of mass-market new releases, it offers an attractive getaway route from self-importance, snark, and chatty comedies about male bonding. Here, stick shifts do the talking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2009
A tepid, repetitive and digitally augmented hot cars-hot women thriller that might probably won't give Vin Diesel and Paul Walker the career boost that The Fast and the Furious did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
April 1, 2009
Fast & Furious reconfirms that car-chase movies -- good, bad, or mediocre -- all assume the future employment of the quaint old fast-forward button.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 31, 2009
Noise, noise, noise. Crunched metal and shattered glass. More noise. Revving engines. Vin Diesel's giant head. Hot chicks in tight miniskirts. Even more noise. The end.