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Used Cars Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Used Cars was written, directed, and produced by the team of Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale, two young filmmakers who seem to be higher on kinetic energy than on structure and comedic instinct.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
What might have looked like a great idea on paper has been tackled by filmmakers who haven't expanded it much beyond the one joke inherent in the premise.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
May 22, 2002
The romantic subplot, like nearly everything else here, is a total lemon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 2, 2015
Used Cars is full of used characters, used ideas, and used jokes, many of which are in astonishingly bad taste.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
October 2, 2015
Director/co-writer Robert Zemeckis has undeniable energy and flair, but it's being misspent on pretexts and situations that seem inexcusably gratuitous and snide.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 24, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 2, 2015
It's also one of the funniest ruminations on American values, as the car showroom becomes a warped microcosm of society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 2, 2015
Sixties nostalgia from I Wanna Hold Your Hand shifts to bracing vulgarity circa late-'70s, just as Kurt Russell graduates from Disney to conman greasiness.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
August 13, 2010
The film's incessant assault on its characters and their perverse quest for the American Holy Grail (money and power) has the pacing and energy of a 1930's zany screwball comedy, but is much darker in spirit
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Used Cars runs on a contemporary screwball motor with a slapstick chassis.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
It's better than most Zemeckis movies -- for what that's worth.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 24, 2014
Everything one would expect from an R-rated comedy from the early '80s is present and accounted for: gratuitous T&A, profanity that flies like poetry, then-timely potshots at famous figures, and plenty of impressive vehicular stuntwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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