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Getaway Reviews

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 22, 2014
It's all you can do not to laugh. Oh, go ahead. But be forewarned that there are many miles to go before we get to the end and it will feel like an eternity before any of it makes sense.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
If movies need us to suspend disbelief, you have to supply your own clothes hangers for Getaway.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2013
This latter-day B movie can be rather fun in its preposterousness and bargain-basement style.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 30, 2013
Getaway is pretty much a 90-minute car chase. That's it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 30, 2013
The only participant to emerge with its reputation intact--though not its paint job--is the Shelby Mustang muscle car, which also delivers the film's most nuanced and psychologically complex performance.
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
August 30, 2013
Getaway has some of the crass trappings of a charmingly crass, go-for-broke action pic like the delightful Crank. But it's too dumb - and far too cynical about what audiences want - to even know how to have fun with them.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
August 30, 2013
The characterization and dialogue are atrocious, the filmmaking is fashionably busy, and there's a lazy cynicism to the picture that sours its thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 30, 2013
It may be the dumbest movie released this summer.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 30, 2013
For 89 minutes that feel like 89 hours, cars speed out of control and crash doing only PG-13 damage. The damage to your brain while watching it is incalculable.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 30, 2013
Don't be alarmed if you walk out of Getaway feeling confused. It's not you. This grainy, clustered video game of a movie makes no sense.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
August 30, 2013
By the time the movie actually arrives at its finest moment - a nearly two-minute single shot from the Mustang's hood as it chases the villain's van through dense traffic - you've become so numb to speed and sensation that you may barely notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 30, 2013
Director Courtney Solomon doesn't know how to shoot action; his herky-jerk style is a constant distraction and never lets momentum build.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2013
You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2013
After a while it all becomes mind-numbing. How many chase scenes and car crashes (they do all start to look alike) can one person take?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 29, 2013
One can only guess why Ethan Hawke felt compelled to make a high dive from the sublimity of "Before Midnight" into the twisted rubble of "Getaway."
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Nick Schager
Time Out
August 29, 2013
If you can't even deliver blatant car-nography, what's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
It's hard to remember another action entry that expends so much energy on frenetic blacktop choreography and attention-deficit editing with so little to show for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
August 29, 2013
Getaway might have been enjoyable as a mindless bit of dumb, late-summer entertainment if it had been vaguely coherent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2013
[A] video game posing as a movie, a preposterously plotted kidnapping story starring a high-performance Mustang.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 29, 2013
"Getaway" could have been an excellent two-minute film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 29, 2013
"Getaway" is so bad that what's most surprising about it is that Nicolas Cage didn't manage to star in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 29, 2013
A car-chase clunker that can't escape its own noxious emissions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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August 29, 2013
The nonsense piles up nearly as fast as the smashed, flipped, T-boned and otherwise trashed cop cars chasing after Ethan Hawke's laughably named Brent Magna and his sidekick, "The Kid."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 29, 2013
The only real benefit of Getaway is pointing out the likely winners of the next Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple. Come on down, Hawke and Gomez, you certainly deserve it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 29, 2013
This nonstop chase film could make a critic feel guilty for calling other movies "empty."
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
August 29, 2013
Not a single moment in this automotive snuff film isn't ridiculous, and its only mystery is why the estimable Ethan Hawke agreed to star.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 29, 2013
Maybe the title isn't a title, but an instruction: "Getaway," away from this movie, and fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 29, 2013
It doesn't have a plot, really. It's more a first draft of an outline of a notion.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 29, 2013
So mechanical and derivative, not even the abducted-spouse routine can stoke the audience's rooting interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 29, 2013
"Getaway" gets itself embroiled in all sorts of inane situations. Then director Courtney Solomon forgets to give us that basic thrill of all car-chase flicks: watching the car barrel toward its destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 29, 2013
The action (all at nighttime) is messily and crudely filmed. The plot mechanics are often laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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August 29, 2013
Consonance is the key to making a chopped-up aesthetic work; without it, Getaway becomes little more than a boneheaded chase flick with unusual camera angles.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
August 29, 2013
The movie equivalent of a continuous closed loop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 28, 2013
Brainless chase flick doesn't even offer guilty pleasures.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 28, 2013
Something like a "Cannonball Run" for the YouTube Generation, with the largely incoherent action cut in a Cuisinart.
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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
August 28, 2013
Perhaps more suitably titled "GoPro: The Movie," "Getaway" is a movie for people who think "Taken" is too complicated.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 28, 2013
The Shelby Mustang driven by Hawke isn't just the fastest car in all of Bulgaria: It also has the ability to heal itself, like Wolverine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Ehrlich
Film.com
August 27, 2013
The film blinks too fast to maintain a coherent vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/10