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The World's Fastest Indian Reviews

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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
August 6, 2008
This compelling fact-based story is [Donaldson's] best effort in years.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It takes a while to adjust to this amiable film's languorous tempo but you might find it's worth the wait.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2006
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 3, 2006
For a film that's ultimately about speed, it could use a little more zip.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian might be the world's worst title for a charming, slice-of-life biopic starring Anthony Hopkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 3, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian is an old-fashioned feel-good movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 3, 2006
The film may be cutesy-poo for some tastes, and there isn't much nail-chewing suspense in Burt's pursuit or his lighthearted subjugation of everyone he meets. But man and "motor-sickle" sneaked up and beguiled me, so all I could do was hop on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 3, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian, in which Anthony Hopkins gets to play an adorably cantankerous old man, is a pretty safe bet as far as movies go.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 3, 2006
Without apology, Munro's story has been embellished and romanticized right to the edge of cornball, where it manages to make a hairpin turn and restore its balance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 3, 2006
Judging by the movie, you might admire Munro's achievement but probably wouldn't have wanted him for a neighbor.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 3, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian takes off at full-out maudlin and never bothers to throttle down.
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Rick Holter
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2006
Unfortunately, this two-hour-plus journey feels like it's aboard a genial camel.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
February 3, 2006
History dictates that you know how the story ends. Still, the heart beats no less fast when you watch Munro's Indian rocketing across those salt flats. You can see how it might be enough to justify a journey halfway around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 2, 2006
The inspiring true story The World's Fastest Indian should be mandatory viewing for anyone who has ever said, 'I'm getting too old for this.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 2, 2006
There also are plenty of nuts-and-bolts references to satisfy those interested in racing, whether on two wheels or four. The movie features some funny moments, such as when Munro makes his own pistons and then brews tea from the cooling-barrel water.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 2, 2006
As the movie's tag line has it, it's based on a hell of a story. Too bad they didn't just tell it.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2006
These days, when movies often fatuously exploit youth and condescend to age, it's refreshing to see something like Roger Donaldson's picaresque action movie The World's Fastest Indian.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 2, 2006
Parts of it are enjoyably shaggy, and Hopkins is very endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian is a movie about an old coot and his motorcycle, yes, but it is also about a kind of heroism that has gone out of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 2, 2006
The infectious and sugary sweet motorcycle saga The World's Fastest Indian at times seems like the world's slowest movie.
| Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 25, 2006
Even a nice chianti couldn't help you wash down this lump of tear-jerking twaddle.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 12, 2006
Personal film projects about which directors feel passionate about don't necessarily result in good films as is evident in this manipulative and schmaltzy inspirational fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 19, 2005
Far too predictable and far too many colorful supporting characters.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 8, 2005
A warm, spacious road movie with a stirring sense of the wide-open landscapes of the American West.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2005
Though the movie may be quaint and at times overly familiar, it achieves its goal of being inspiring while portraying a man's singular pursuit of excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 7, 2005
Hopkins savors every bit of business as his Burt charms everyone in his path.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 7, 2005
Hopkins' larger-than-life performance as the crusty and crafty Burt rivets your attention for two solid hours in this most entertaining labor of love.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 6, 2005
The World's Fastest Indian does what it sets out to do: educates about a mostly unknown historical figure (without doctoring the facts too much), entertains, and uplifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 6, 2005
If you've not jumped onto the daisy chain of Burt Munro cheerleaders by the film's siss-boom-bah climax, you'll probably end up toasting in the holidays with the Ghost of Christmas Past.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 6, 2005
This based-on-fact story of a New Zealand coot who defies age by racing his motorcycle competitively is a big mushy piece of ice cream cake for Anthony Hopkins.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
December 6, 2005
It's hard to resist the film's pleasantly rambling narrative and market-defying eccentricity.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2005
A pleasingly whimsical and slyly mischievous road movie.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 22, 2005
Leaves a sweet, rather than sticky, taste.