Speed Reviews

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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
June 14, 2009
Talk about simple. But the film's sheer cut-to-the-chase straightfowardness is part of its appeal.
June 14, 2009
Athough it hits any number of gaping credibility potholes on its careening journey around Los Angeles, Speed delivers the goods as a non-stop actioner that scarcely pauses to take a breath.
June 24, 2006
Eventually, inevitably, [it] goes too far, too fast, and ends up off the rails.
May 20, 2003
Cleverer action films (Die Hard II and The Fugitive, for instance) deliver more sardonic intelligence, but this one still gets the job done.
May 12, 2001
The smart and sassy Bullock is a knockout. She makes us believe the impossible things Annie is doing and, better, makes us care.
January 1, 2000
The plot becomes so overextended, as Reeves and Hopper wage their endless public transportation battle, even the hardest Die-Harders will consider leaping off way before the final stop.
January 1, 2000
Relentless without being overbearing, this is one likely blockbuster that doesn't feel too big for its britches. It's a friendly juggernaut.
January 1, 2000
We've seen this done before, but seldom so well, or at such a high pitch of energy.
January 1, 2000
The most breath-stoppingly thrilling motion picture to open since the original Die Hard.
January 1, 2000
Undeniably, the picture now and again supplies that edge-of-the-seat sensation; yet, by action-adventure standards, Speed is leaden and strangely poky. It never seems to shift into overdrive and let fly.
June 10, 1994
The film takes off from formula elements, but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.