Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. It offers an attractive getaway route from self-importance, snark, and chatty comedies about male bonding. Here, stick shifts do the talking.
  2. Fast & Furious is the first film since the original to be smart about how far to stretch logic without sacrificing the desired macho swagger and revved-up emotions.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    70
    Fast & Furious is, in a very bizarre way, a thing of gasp-inducing artistry to watch, even if you're not a member of the NASCAR, gear-head, street-racing crowd.
  4. The reunion is fun and frantic, like the original on double nitro.
  5. Succeeds because the action is supercharged in a style that recalls Mel Gibson's apocalyptic classic, "The Road Warrior." The characters are more than cartoonish, and the plot grips the road. But it's Diesel who provides the nitro injection
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Wheeler
    63
    No matter what, it's safe to say that this entirely acceptable retooling of the franchise makes for a satisfying experience for those who enjoy four-wheeled chases, hot bodies, hot cars, and a tall dose of tough-guy machismo.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Parker
    63
    It sticks to what the series does best, mixing souped-up cars with corny jokes.
  8. 63
    I hope the producers bring Lin back for the fifth film and strip it down even more. They can lose all the human characters except Brian and Mia and simply call it F&F.
  9. 58
    The action scenes don't always get the balance between flash and danger right, but the movie remains agreeably dopey--presenting street-racing culture as a hotbed of colorful stereotypes and lipstick lesbianism--until a climax that just isn't there.
  10. 50
    I can see why Fast and Furious might be a smash as audiences look for escape from a broken economy. All those wheelies and power slides are designed to obliterate thought, not provoke it. Talk about a movie for its time.
  11. 50
    By 2009, the franchise has nothing new to offer. The culture, through video games and reality television, has caught up to the series and surpassed it.
  12. 50
    The end result, while it provides moments of kinetic entertainment, is too repetitive and uneven to be satisfying.
  13. Brian and Dom could drive from L.A. to Mexico City and back blindfolded, but would require a GPS to find the zipper of a dress. The only time they smile here is when they are alone in a garage, tinkering with their dream cars.
  14. The stripped-down title gets at what we're really here for: the cars. Are they fast? Check. Are they furious? Yep.
  15. This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
  16. 50
    Inoffensive if uninspired.
  17. 50
    The drag-racing saga "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) made stars of Vin Diesel, who promptly ditched the series, and Paul Walker, who bailed after "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003). Both actors return for this fourth installment.
  18. Like a lemon that's been tricked out with a fancy paint job, Fast & Furious won't stand up to much scrutiny under the hood.
  19. 38
    I admire the craft involved, but the movie leaves me profoundly indifferent. After three earlier movies in the series, which have been transmuted into video games, why do we need a fourth one? Oh. I just answered my own question.
  20. 38
    A loud, dumb movie, but its male, car-obsessed audience will probably enjoy it anyway.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Feels about as fresh and lively as a piece of burnt rubber.
  22. 30
    As it is, you'd get the same level of excitement watching "T.J. Hooker" reruns.
  23. 30
    Spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
  24. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    30
    Fast & Furious reconfirms that car-chase movies--good, bad, or mediocre--all assume the future employment of the quaint old fast-forward button.
  25. 25
    The stars look bored out of their minds when the fourth episode of the franchise stalls between racing sequences.
  26. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    A series that's provided a successful, moderately enjoyable ride up to now blows its tires, gasket and transmission on its way to flaming out in Fast & Furious.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 10 out of 45
  1. Aug 26, 2014
    6
    Fast & Furious is the darkest entry in the franchise and possibly the least fun. The story is great and there are a lot of good moments between the characters. Bizarrely, the weakest moments come in the action sequences, most notably with the use of unnecessary CG. Where are the crazy stunts the series is famed for? In the computer, that's where. Fast & Furious may be the weakest in the series, but it's still a fun ride. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    7
    I'm going to give this movie three and a half, although it almost deserves four.

    This was almost directly a follow-up for the first movie
    of the series, "The Fast and the Furious". The cast is back almost in its entirety, and you should see at least that part of the series before viewing this movie.

    Why not four stars, then?

    While there's a plot, it isn't that strong. It has been forced to give way for the action, which while looking pretty awesome is also a bit numbing. Perhaps that's because some of the stuff going on film would never, ever happen in reality. But that's the thing with most action films, right?

    Some inconstancies exist in this movie: if they drove a truck loaded with cars and drivers to Mexico, why not to bring the drugs back the same way? Also, jumping from a moving vehicle or a truck is usually a pretty nasty fall. I haven't tried it, I don't recommend it, but it ought not to be just a tumble in the dust either.

    Other than that, good to see Vin Diesel back in the series.

    For those who like fast cars, scantily dressed chicks, action, macho guys, blasting rap music, and all that jazz: this is for you.
    Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2014
    7
    " A real driver knows exactly what's in his car." - Dom
    Fast and Furious 4..is a nice story of first Fast and Furious..Nice cars,nice movie.I
    like it. Full Review »