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Rush Reviews

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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
December 31, 2013
An entertaining movie with two solid performances that only occasionally stalls because of its sometimes heavy-handed treatment of Hunt and Lauda's differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 31, 2013
Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
September 30, 2013
The script is another Peter Morgan special. Like, say, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, it's a speculative duet built around a moment of newsworthiness.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 30, 2013
If you don't already know the story of that season, lucky you; even now, it exerts a ridiculous thrill.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 29, 2013
Rush is an outsize Hollywood spectacle about two outsize personalities in conflict, a sleekly assembled thrill machine that makes up in excitement for what it lacks in nuance.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
September 27, 2013
Rush is not a particularly deep film. But more importantly, it is not a film that mistakes itself for deep. And this self-knowledge makes Rush, in some ways, a wiser film than many that aspire to loftier goals.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 27, 2013
Stripped-down characters and skeletal dramaturgy limit this movie about the real-life Formula 1 racing rivalry of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, but harrowing track scenes and an affecting second half provide some vivid compensation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 27, 2013
This is a deeply adult drama, not least because Howard shows the costs of being so driven in a sport in which a driver is encased in a potential fireball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 27, 2013
One thing's for sure with this film: You carry the "Rush" out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2013
Rush has an elemental simplicity about it. Two men in competition, driven (so to speak) to win. They are enemies. But they need each other, too, and as they roll around at 170 m.p.h., they come to understand why.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 27, 2013
"Rush" is the kind of Hollywood studio production that has sadly become all too rare - a smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 26, 2013
'Rush' ranks among the best movies about auto racing ever made, featuring two great performances from the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 26, 2013
This is no mere thrill ride by two real-life rival speedsters, although it is certainly that. The film also provides a sobering look at what it takes to be a true champion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 26, 2013
The on-track action is blistering, the filmmaking sure-footed (even as cars fishtail into catastrophic crashes), the characters bigger than life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2013
Howard proves that directing action is one of his underrated strengths. The racing scenes are dynamic and easy to follow, with a sheen that brings the 1970s into sharp relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
This is entertaining enough, but ultimately it's spuriously triumphant Oscar-baiting fluff.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 26, 2013
Hemsworth and Brühl are outstanding. Their story is what drives the movie, two men different in every way except for their unyielding desire to win.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2013
"Rush," while never dull, rarely feels dramatically alive; it hits its marks dutifully and darts onward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 26, 2013
Mostly a lot of noise and nonsense, a garish enterprise that almost - though not quite - trivializes the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 25, 2013
In a way, "Rush" is a philosophical drama about the varying ways men move through the world. It's just a really fast drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
September 24, 2013
You spend at least half the movie on the edge of your seat, and not just because you're rooting for someone to win or lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 24, 2013
Rush not only effectively presents a balanced view of the rivalry between two race car drivers but manages the difficult task of taking Formula One racing, an inherently non-cinematic sport, and translating it to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
There's a distinct possibility that you don't know or care a lick about Formula 1 racing. After this sexy thrill ride, you will
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 20, 2013
Rush isn't bad, exactly, but it's like a standard-issue male action programmer that somehow crept in from an earlier era.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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September 20, 2013
Howard chooses a few moments to let the film breathe, but for the most part - aside from a clunky first-person narration that book-ends the film - he propels Rush from scene to scene with a momentum that never lets the thing drag.
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Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
September 20, 2013
It was immediately apparent that there was a slick formulaic surface clinging to this cinematic road trip. And for me, that was a turnoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 20, 2013
Howard keeps his cameras small and all over the cars, to show us dazzling machinery in motion, the ground whizzing by in a blur underneath. Playing to his own strengths, though, he keeps this a movie about character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 19, 2013
Working from a very clever script by Peter Morgan ("The Queen"), Mr. Howard doesn't pick sides. He lets two distinctly abrasive characters rub up against his viewers, chafing them into gear.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 19, 2013
In another movie, either of these men -- the arrogant hunk, the frozen robot -- might have been our villain. But screenwriter Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon") has a deeper insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 19, 2013
I've seen Brühl in several German-language films, and I'm not surprised that he's perfect as the monomaniacal Lauda, but Hemsworth is the revelation here.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
Despite its strengths, the telling of this counterintuitive tale about the mysterious ways cutthroat competition can enrich lives never manages to be completely convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 19, 2013
Fine filmmaking, a smart, visually engorged, frequently thrilling tale of boyish competition - inspired by a true story. At heart it's "Amadeus" on wheels, only this time Salieri is the Austrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 19, 2013
Brilliantly captures the exhilaration that comes from facing death head-on. It's also an ode to joyous rivalry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 19, 2013
By the time the final lap of "Rush" starts, we're up for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 19, 2013
As cars spin and shimmer in the rain at the climactic and astounding Grand Prix in Japan, we never lose sight of what's human and striving behind the wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 19, 2013
Mr. Howard doesn't just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver's head.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 19, 2013
Rush satisfies our lust for both grand character combat and deadly gearhead spectacle.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 18, 2013
It's not only one of the better racing films, it's one of Howard's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 17, 2013
These are classic frenemies; their tale deserves more gas in the tank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
Anyone who can get to the theater on two legs, or four wheels, should see it on the big screen.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 17, 2013
An exhilarating surprise from a director who's been playing it safe for most of his career. Like his heroes, he takes a risk and wins.
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
September 13, 2013
Rush is basically a foursquare sports film, enlivened by whiplash-inducing, crisply edited racing sequences but otherwise pretty ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: b-
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
September 11, 2013
Rush hits a few potholes, but in the end it reveals the psyches of two men who only feel alive when they're cheating death.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 10, 2013
Fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 6, 2013
The rare sports movie that's compelling as both a drama and a spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2013
The lead actors shine in an engaging look at the two fierce rivals who battled it out for the Formula One championship in 1976.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 3, 2013
Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year's most compelling performances.