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Faster Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2010
Only Gugino, one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood, displays emotional complexity - and do you really need that in an action flick? Actually, yes.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 24, 2010
Structurally "Faster" is as blocky as its star. Fancy camera angles and changes in hue cannot camouflage its stumbling, blunt-force narrative style, in which plot turns are dropped like bricks.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 24, 2010
The Killer subplot looks and feels like it was grafted on with Krazy Glue. Thornton's character never adds up. And the film's big whiplash surprise ending is a real you've-got-to-be-kidding groaner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
November 24, 2010
By the end of this underwritten wanna-B movie, only the black-and-white muscle car is left standing with its dignity intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 24, 2010
Despite much effort, neither Johnson nor director George Tillman Jr. can make this preposterous tale, the latest misfire from CBS Films, live up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
November 24, 2010
Johnson's performance is one of seething rage camouflaging emotional scars as ugly as the physical ones, a grim, single-minded figure straight out of a Jim Thompson or Richard Stark novel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 24, 2010
After an initial burst of energy, things trudge along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 24, 2010
Johnson's movies work best when he's playing his funny opposite. Comedy is hard. Badass is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2010
Most of it is pretty predictable, familiar stuff. But Dwayne Johnson has a presence whose sum is more than the total of his acting parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 24, 2010
Sometimes all you really want is a cheese sandwich. Sometimes it's fun to be 12, for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 24, 2010
Rotate the plot, change the period, spruce up the dialogue, and this could have been a hard-boiled 1940s noir. But it doesn't pause for fine touches and efficiently delivers action for an audience that likes one-course meals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 24, 2010
There is nothing subtle about "Faster," and that's the best thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
November 24, 2010
Faster ... leaves it to Johnson -- as deadly focused as a gunsight -- to make it all believable. The problem is, he can't..
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2010
The Rock didn't start calling himself by his actual name, Dwayne Johnson, so he could make garbage like "Faster."
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 23, 2010
"Faster'' is meat-and-potatoes action with a side of crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 23, 2010
... a film as brutally simple and yet unexpectedly complex as 'Faster' becomes a pleasure in and of itself, and a thing to be cherished.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 23, 2010
It's as fun as it sounds, but only up to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 23, 2010
As films of this genre go, Faster is a middle-of-the-road offering, but those expecting something fast-paced and frenetic are likely to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 23, 2010
There are a couple of plot twists that -- carefully seeded into the story -- are intended to shock and surprise but actually come across as contrived and highly implausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2010
The script by Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton isn't really a vehicle for Johnson; it's more of a three-headed narrative that keeps knocking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 23, 2010
This misfired actioner marks Dwayne Johnson's return to muscle movies, this time without any measurable humor.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 23, 2010
A throwback to the '70s -- straight action with a few clever twists, all anchored by solid characters actors
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 23, 2010
The movie is in such a hurry that it doesn't bother to slow down for proper names, instead referring to its main characters as archetypes.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2010
Whatever brownie points Tillman scored with "Notorious", "Faster" is that wake-up call that he's no John Woo.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4