Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. A clever, charming, laugh-out-loud-funny road comedy that works in almost every scene.
  2. Delightful, delicious, de-lovely.
  3. A rip-roaring romantic comedy that's as funny as it is light on its feet.
  4. 80
    Not to mention the good-when-moody, best-when-raucous art-band soundtrack!
  5. 80
    Mr. Yaguchi's film is so brazenly cheerful and charmingly engineered that even the sourballs in the cast are sucked in.
  6. A pleasure because of zany developments like this, and a healthy dose of amusing characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    A kicky little comedy that shows Quentin Tarantino's influence is alive and well in Japan.
  8. There's plenty to like about Adrenaline Drive, including the appealing, sympathetic performances of its two young stars and the tongue-in-cheek humor that pervades the film.
  9. A goofy genre-buster that takes its amateur criminals as seriously as ``Pulp Fiction'' or ``Run Lola Run'' did theirs.
  10. 75
    It's not an art film. The movie is as mainstream as it gets -- which is just fine; the picture is both great fun and gently satirical.
  11. This overall good feeling helps smooth over the sometimes shocking lapses in logic.
  12. Its amiable acting and feisty visual humor make it a must for fans of Japanese film.
  13. A high-energy chase, but in this spirited action comedy Yaguchi still finds time to allow the romance between lovers on the run to blossom at its own pace.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Rush
    Brims with youthful exhuberance, it just needs to cut to the quick a little quicker.
  15. Reviewed by: Moira McDonald
    A perfectly enjoyable and occasionally charming ride.
  16. 67
    Feels for all the world like a Meg Ryan/Billy Crystal heist comedy transposed to the Far East.
  17. A witty and quietly charming road comedy.
  18. 63
    It has terrific moments, but whenever it starts to cruise along nicely, it hits a comedic pothole that forces it to sputter on down the road.
  19. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Supremely silly on the surface but full of sophisticated sight gags and deadpan humor.
  20. As disposable fun, this is every bit as enjoyable and as forgettable as most Hollywood equivalents.
  21. Feels like any number of forgettable American teen comedies in which the nerd gets the girl and/or the money.
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A climactic explosion is too obviously a rigged gunpowder charge, and it becomes a metaphor for the film's mistake of diminishing the frantic motion that kept things fizzy and fun.
  23. 40
    Little more than a cartoon, and not a funny one at that.

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