Fast & Furious

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

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Critic Reviews

  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. 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. 63
    It sticks to what the series does best, mixing souped-up cars with corny jokes.
  7. 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.
  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. The stripped-down title gets at what we're really here for: the cars. Are they fast? Check. Are they furious? Yep.
  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
    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.
  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. 50
    Inoffensive if uninspired.
  15. This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
  16. 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.
  17. 50
    The end result, while it provides moments of kinetic entertainment, is too repetitive and uneven to be satisfying.
  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
    Fast & Furious reconfirms that car-chase movies--good, bad, or mediocre--all assume the future employment of the quaint old fast-forward button.
  23. 30
    Spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
  24. 30
    As it is, you'd get the same level of excitement watching "T.J. Hooker" reruns.
  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
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 225 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53
  1. Apr 19, 2016
    4
    They really tried to make the film more than just a racer, but it couldn't keep my attention span for more than 10 minutes at a time, I keptThey really tried to make the film more than just a racer, but it couldn't keep my attention span for more than 10 minutes at a time, I kept looking for something else to do. The tunnel racing was nicely done, but that's about the only highlight for me. Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2016
    8
    Certainly entertaining, from beginning to end. One of the better films I have seen lately, but not as good as Furious 7. Anyways, I wouldCertainly entertaining, from beginning to end. One of the better films I have seen lately, but not as good as Furious 7. Anyways, I would recommend this movie to anybody looking for a suspenseful action movie THAT ISN'T RATED R. That's the beauty of the F & F franchise, teens could watch it without the iffy content (they are all PG-13) 8/10 Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2015
    10
    No words to say. This movie is very very very very very very amazing, I can watch this over and over again. Just amazin as I say. Rating thisNo words to say. This movie is very very very very very very amazing, I can watch this over and over again. Just amazin as I say. Rating this 10 / 10 ! Full Review »