Fast Five Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Fast Five is grindingly mechanical -- and not just because of all the emphasis on car repairs and retooling.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 9, 2011
[Johnson's] skin looks as though it's been slathered in butter; his enjoyment is infectious and keeps the movie speeding along.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 29, 2011
That force of chaotic and unsatisfiable desire that Freud called the id is much closer to the surface in a movie like "Fast Five" than ever before in action-cinema history, and part of Lin's peculiar genius is that he barely tries to conceal it.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 29, 2011
The chemistry of the core cast - steered by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker - keeps this outing from running on fumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2011
The whole thing progresses to one of the looniest heists of all time. The result is the most exciting, visually jazzy, and absurd entry in the series.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 29, 2011
As the summer of 2011 approaches with the speed of a souped-up Dodge Charger, I'm going to take my action-movie blessings where I can find them.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 29, 2011
You can't say Fast Five delivers the goods, but it delivers what it's supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 29, 2011
Always preposterous though never actually silly, knowingly funny without ever being self-conscious, Fast Five is a passable action flick that will more than entertain its core audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
April 29, 2011
Bold and beautiful in its hard-charging simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 29, 2011
Embarrassingly fun, the sort of speedy, senseless, violence-crammed action flick that virtually defines the summer season, with superheroes who aren't gods or crusaders in tights but guys in T-shirts and jeans who can drive cars really fast.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 29, 2011
If there were any more testosterone here, Jose Canseco could have boiled down the screen and injected it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
April 29, 2011
By shifting into a previously untapped gear, it delivers the most entertaining "Fast and Furious" adventure while also getting 2011's summer movie season off on the right lead foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 29, 2011
Something like Ocean's Eleven and its various numerations, except with muscle cars and knuckleheads and without the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 29, 2011
Instead of a vroomer, we get a knucklehead "Ocean's 11."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 28, 2011
Gets lots of mileage from a combination of high spirits, scorn for the laws of physics, readily renewable energy and an emphasis on family values -- not those of the nuclear family, but of hell-raising, drag-racing outlaws...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 28, 2011
Ignoring the rules of physics doesn't make a movie more entertaining; it merely makes the writing easier. If a screenplay can cheat at any time, it encourages sloppy authorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 28, 2011
The first sequel to the 2001 "The Fast and the Furious" that's worth watching, that isn't an embarrassment or a travesty of the original picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 28, 2011
The series takes the curious, surprising and rather brave route of ditching the street-racing shenanigans that defined the series in favor of a more standard action-oriented plot. It's an interesting approach, but the series' shallowness remains
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 28, 2011
A movie with exploding toilets, cars that move sideways and a big chase sequence with Walker and Brewster fleeing favela goons by crashing through the tin roofs of shanty-town shacks.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 28, 2011
Who knew the fourth sequel to The Fast and the Furious would not only refuel a flagging franchise, but lead the pack as the best of the bunch?
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2011
Who knew that the best place to put Vin Diesel would be between the Rock and a hard place? The spot has never been tighter, or righter, and the testosterone never higher than in the hot jacking action of "Fast Five."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2011
As a moviegoer, there are times when you want, say, "Jane Eyre," and then there are times when a movie about really large men who drive cars really fast is just the thing. "Fast Five" is that latter movie, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2011
What it all comes down to is a skillfully assembled 130 minutes at the movies, with actors capable of doing absurd things with straight faces, and action sequences that toy idly with the laws of physics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 28, 2011
Like a proper action sequel, it's bigger, louder, and sillier than its predecessors, but it's more streamlined, too, smartly dumping the tired underground racing angle in favor of a crisp, hugely satisfying Ocean's Eleven-style heist movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 28, 2011
Beyond implausible, but it works as a live-action cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 28, 2011
"Fast Five'' is, so far, the most honest Hollywood movie of the year. It's also the most fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 28, 2011
'Fast Five' will push all your action buttons, and some you haven't thought of. So what if you hate yourself in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 28, 2011
Here's a popcorn flick strong enough for a man and gentle enough for a woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2011
Defying laws of physics, laws of acting, and the law of diminishing returns, Fast Five delivers a ridiculously fun mix of motorized macho mayhem and multicultural bonding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 28, 2011
In a free-for-all like this, where the laws of gravity and dictates of narrative logic are left to eat dust, it doesn't matter when anything takes place or why.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 28, 2011
"Fast Five" represents Yankee ingenuity of the brutally stupid kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 28, 2011
Now this is how you make a summer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 27, 2011
The film is basically Ocean's Fourteen starring a multiculti version of the cast of Jersey Shore.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 27, 2011
Pretty cars, prettier women, insanely absurd action that truly thrills even as it shatters all physical laws, and enough testosterone-fueled violence to satisfy the most-rabid WWE SmackDown crowd.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 26, 2011
...a film that's custom-built to combine the swift horsepower of characters we like with the stylish chrome of fresh changes is a welcome pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 21, 2011
The Fast and Furious roadshow isn't slowing down a bit in Fast Five, by most measures the best of the bunch, combining fresh casting choices, interesting Rio locales and literally smashing bookended action sequences.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
April 20, 2011
Overlong but slick, this still gets away with simplistic dialogue and characters, perhaps because it doesn't take itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2011
Utterly preposterous, but this car-crazy franchise is armor-plated.