Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 12 out of 25
  1. It's one of those movies that are unfortunately so technically well done, it's hard to tune out on the senseless story.
  2. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    It's the performances of Ulrich and Gooding, in particular, that lift Chill Factor out of the derivative. Gooding possesses so much boundless energy that he practically dares you not to care, not to get involved, not to root for his success.
  3. 50
    There are a lot of logical gaps in this movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Ron Givens
    Most of the action revolves around Ulrich's character, and the center cannot hold our interest.
  5. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    A ho-hummer of a "Speed" knockoff that will leave most audiences cold.
  6. Neither (Gooding nor Ulrich) has the distincitve spark of an action hero, and their Butch and Sundance repartee falls so consistently flat that you end up feeling a little embarrassed for them.
  7. 40
    None of this is especially funny, nor is it particularly exhilarating; at best it's throwaway entertainment.
  8. 40
    A movie that wants to be "Speed" so badly that it runs roughshod over the essentials, including a decent script.
  9. 40
    These bantering would-be heroes mostly live at the tops of their voices.
  10. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Instantly disposable ...Gooding appears tobe losing the momentum of his Jerry Maguire Oscar win two years ago.
  11. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Isn't a bad action movie -- it's just an utterly forgettable one.
  12. A mechanically efficient chase-by-numbers movie.
  13. The stunt work is pretty good, the brain work close to nonexistent.
  14. 38
    A substandard ebony-and-ivory buddy pic.
  15. If you're the kind of person who goes to the movies primarily to watch faces melt to pulp, you won't be disappointed.
  16. Melts swiftly...don't expect a shred of credibility.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Utterly lacking the drive and roller-coaster energy expected of top action pics, this latest try at repackaging "Speed" is a Kmart version of a Jerry Bruckheimer production.
  18. An irredeemably transparent... DIRECT RIPPING OFF OF "SPEED."
  19. 28
    Skeet Ulrich continues to disappoint in one high-profile project after another.
  20. This poor excuse for a thriller turns, with a great crunching of gears, into a mess of a buddy comedy. Either way, it misfires.
  21. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Gooding plays the worst role I've ever seen him play in a movie...he perpetuates a kind of black stereotype that should have become history years ago.
  22. God-awful?Gooding screams out lines like ''I'm about to get in yo' ass like last year's underwear!''
  23. Reviewed by: Jeremy Caplan
    About as bad as it gets?a thrill-less "Speed" wannabe.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Kelsey
    "Speed" with a thermometer, only a whole lot worse.
  25. 10
    As worthless a piece of garbage as we've seen this year.

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