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. 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.
  2. 50
    The end result, while it provides moments of kinetic entertainment, is too repetitive and uneven to be satisfying.
  3. 25
    The stars look bored out of their minds when the fourth episode of the franchise stalls between racing sequences.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It offers an attractive getaway route from self-importance, snark, and chatty comedies about male bonding. Here, stick shifts do the talking.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Feels about as fresh and lively as a piece of burnt rubber.
  9. The reunion is fun and frantic, like the original on double nitro.
  10. 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.
  11. 30
    Spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The stripped-down title gets at what we're really here for: the cars. Are they fast? Check. Are they furious? Yep.
  17. 38
    A loud, dumb movie, but its male, car-obsessed audience will probably enjoy it anyway.
  18. This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
  19. 30
    As it is, you'd get the same level of excitement watching "T.J. Hooker" reruns.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 50
    Inoffensive if uninspired.
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Patrick Parker
    63
    It sticks to what the series does best, mixing souped-up cars with corny jokes.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 43
  2. Negative: 10 out of 43
  1. 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 »
  2. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    The Fast and the Furious is a great and effortlessly entertaining movie, i highly recommend it and the cast perform very well, I can't believe how bad the critic reviews are for this movie, because, nice cars, girls, money, street race, actor ! Full Review »
  3. Mar 8, 2014
    5
    Despite an improvement over the previous three films, this fourth installment is no more than just crazy car chase sequences and races. It is good to see members of the previous movies' cast back in action though. Full Review »