Speed Reviews

July 23, 2019
While Speed might be a great teaching aid for high school physics, it can also be used to illustrate concepts of 20th-century Western philosophy.
June 10, 2019
There should be traffic jams at the box office as Fox picks up many busloads of riders for its fast and furiously entertaining thriller Speed.
August 28, 2018
You wonder how it can maintain its tension for nearly two hours. But as if as if some demonic force is manipulating the action from afar, the movie runs through so many false endings that you may need a defibrillator to make it to the end.
August 11, 2014
De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful.
August 11, 2014
Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly.
August 11, 2014
It's more than a mere knockoff. It's a clever, carefully constructed action machine that generates lots of high-octane thrills and spills. What it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in full-throttle pacing.
July 10, 2014
It's easy to poke fun at some of the more far-fetched scenes and, at times, cheesy dialogue, but this is still one hell of an action movie.
July 30, 2013
Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper are fun to watch as the dueling protagonists, and Sandra Bullock is fetching as an astonished commuter who finds herself behind the steering wheel.
July 30, 2013
Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order.
July 30, 2013
A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.
July 30, 2013
Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.
July 30, 2013
If you have a thirst for hard action and suspense of a high order, Speed satisfies big-time.
July 30, 2013
The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers.
July 30, 2013
Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it.
July 30, 2013
There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours.
July 30, 2013
The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.
July 30, 2013
The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.
July 30, 2013
Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high.
May 4, 2012
fast-moving, totally undemanding and relentlessly entertaining, this actioner should do more for the career of Sandra Bullock than for that of its nominal star, Keanu Reeves.
February 23, 2012
The story is a starting gun, a reason to roll out the high-tech action movie chase and demolition experts. It's gaudy action shtick, and it's fitting that the last stop is at Hollywood Boulevard.