Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 28, 2011
    83
    Like a proper action sequel, it's bigger, louder, and sillier than its predecessors, but it's more streamlined, too, smartly dumping the tired underground racing angle in favor of a crisp, hugely satisfying "Ocean's Eleven"-style heist movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 27, 2011
    83
    High-octane trash, but you will go "Ohhhhhh!"
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 29, 2011
    80
    The picture delivers the high-octane, testosteronic goods of a warm-weather smash, and maybe the first great film of the post-human era. It's just a shame that every theater showing this nonstop auto race, this animated car-toon, can't be a drive-in.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Apr 29, 2011
    80
    Dwayne Johnson hops aboard as a stern U.S. agent hot on Diesel's trail, and the whole thing progresses to one of the looniest heists of all time. The result is the most exciting, visually jazzy, and absurd entry in the series.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 28, 2011
    80
    In a free-for-all like this, where the laws of gravity and dictates of narrative logic are left to eat dust, it doesn't matter when anything takes place or why.
  6. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Apr 23, 2011
    80
    Big crashes, lithe women and roiling testosterone, not to mention the addition of The Rock as a fire-and-brimstone federal agent – there's plenty to pull in the (mostly) young male audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Apr 23, 2011
    80
    Features some of the most exhilarating action sequences the screen has seen in years.
  8. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 29, 2011
    75
    It's a movie for audiences who think exuberance in movies is more important than sense or logic and who can laugh at a movie and like it at the same time.
  9. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    It delivers the most entertaining "Fast and Furious" adventure while also getting 2011's summer movie season off on the right lead foot.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    Inventive action sequences, deft stunt work and breathtaking cinematography make for revved-up fun.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    What it all comes down to is a skillfully assembled 130 minutes at the movies, with actors capable of doing absurd things with straight faces, and action sequences that toy idly with the laws of physics.
  12. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    As is par for the course in a "Fast and Furious'' movie, the only persuasive physical intimacy is between the men.
  13. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    Blissfully, brainlessly satisfying.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    It's either genius or madness to put Diesel and Johnson in the same movie, or the same scene. They're both enormously appealing performers.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    Fast Five is brawny dumb fun, nothing more but that's enough.
  16. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Apr 29, 2011
    70
    Five's few driving set pieces, all economically cut for spectacle over continuity, are pumped to near-Crank levels of absurdity, with Lin transforming his ragtag bunch of fugitives' superhuman knack for escaping certain death into a running joke.
  17. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 29, 2011
    70
    Fast Five is a fantasy that in no way resembles real life; ordinary morality doesn't apply, and the audience knows that as well as the filmmakers do.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    Gets lots of mileage from a combination of high spirits, scorn for the laws of physics, readily renewable energy and an emphasis on family values-not those of the nuclear family, but of hell-raising, drag-racing outlaws who genuinely care for one another.
  19. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    The sheer audacity of Fast Five is kind of breathtaking in a metal-twisting, death-defying, mission-implausible, B-movie-on-steroids kind of way. Not complaining, just saying.
  20. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Apr 29, 2011
    67
    It's great to see The Rock re-embracing the action genre, and when his clobbering match with Diesel finally happens, it's as outlandishly room-wrecking as I'd hoped.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 29, 2011
    63
    Satisfies on a visual and visceral level while leaving the intellectual one cold and shriveled and starving.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 28, 2011
    63
    Fast Five will push all your action buttons, and some you haven't thought of. So what if you hate yourself in the morning.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 28, 2011
    63
    Absurdly long, absurdly over the top and absurdly absurd, Five Five - still manages to be more fun than any movie with its outrageous carbon footprint has any right to be.
  24. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Apr 23, 2011
    60
    Tough on nuance, tough on the causes of nuance, this episode has the highest velocity and lowest IQ yet. See it on the biggest, loudest, dumbest screen you can find.
  25. 50
    The 131-minute, car-racing film is adolescent guy date histrionics – screaming tires, snappy putdowns and, because we're in Rio, an occasional influx of bodies beautiful in Band-Aid bikinis.
  26. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 29, 2011
    50
    Fast Five represents Yankee ingenuity of the brutally stupid kind.
  27. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    May 5, 2011
    40
    Fascinating, no? Of course, that's just one (obvious) reading of Fast Five. You could also say it's a kickass demolition derby – pure dumb summer fun – and often easy on the (hetero) eyes thanks to the inclusion of Brewster and Mendes.
  28. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 3, 2011
    40
    The Fast and the Furious movies haven't exactly gotten better as they've gone along.
  29. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 29, 2011
    38
    If you're wondering why this movie must stretch past two hours, it's because it takes that long to read every item in the cliché dictionary.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 422 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 109
  2. Negative: 12 out of 109
  1. Apr 29, 2011
    8
    Best in the series by far. Great additions to the collective cast of the series, great action set pieces, and an all around enjoyable ride. And stay through the credits! Full Review »
  2. May 1, 2011
    9
    Totally rocked (literally, The Rock). Summer action has officially begun. If you even slightly enjoyed the previous movies, this one proves the series is still going strong. Vin is slightly chunkier and beefier but the rest of the cast looks just like they always did. Tyrese along with Luda pumps up the hilarity and Dwayne is no bit player. The Rock puts in a performance that is arguably one of his best in an action film. The racing is slightly de-emphasized in favor of stunt driving, but it's all here: cars, babes, tunes. More guns and hand-to-hand combat than ever before to top it all off. You don't necessarily need to know the history of the characters, but this movie keeps extending what fans are familiar with. Add the "heist" twist and you've got yourself a winner. Watch for the surprise ending! My only question after all is said and done is: how did the producers get permission to destroy Rio De Janeiro as much as they did? Crazy destruction!!! "Fast" is fun!!! Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2011
    10
    I don't think anyone expected the fifth film of the series to be the best. Up to this point the only one I liked was the first one, but after seeing this one possibly the greatest car themed film ever. it's full of action, comedy, drama, babes, and way more. True it didn't have too much racing in it for a street racing film , but the use of street racing was one of the main reasons none of the films got good reviews, and because of the fact that the last chase scene is one that you'll never forget. I definetly recommend this film to all, whether your a fan of racing or not. Full Review »