Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 13, 2010
    80
    The film never outshines its influences, but as back-to-basics action filmmaking, it's often superb.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Dec 13, 2010
    70
    Stripped for action without a moment wasted on unnecessary dialogue, exposition or nuances.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 13, 2010
    70
    Built for speed, and for an action-savvy audience who can appreciate a throwaway vengeance flick for exactly what it is.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 13, 2010
    63
    A pure thriller, all blood, no frills, in which a lot of people get shot, mostly in the head.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 13, 2010
    63
    Faster is meat-and-potatoes action with a side of crazy.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 13, 2010
    63
    Grim but holds the attention; it does not, however, offer the kind of mindless action excursion that many will be anticipating.
  7. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 13, 2010
    63
    Plays as if Tillman studied the works of director Michael Mann ("Heat"), but got a C on the final exam.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 13, 2010
    60
    A stripped-down affair, from title to characters to plot. It never strives to be more, instead concentrating on making the most of its self-imposed limitations.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Dec 13, 2010
    58
    Faster starts to lay on a heavy-handed message about the importance of forgiveness. That isn't what anyone showed up to see.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Dwayne Johnson leaves his lovable self behind in the violent but bland Faster.
  11. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Tillman, who made a splash last year with his hip-hop hit "Notorious," does a nice job of calling into question the assumption, shared by most genre films, that vengeance is the only right course of action.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    The perfect vehicle for Johnson's charm and talents is still out there. It's certainly not in the muscle car he pilots in Faster.
  13. 50
    Anyone interested in a no-seatbelts, out-of-control action flick will find much to enjoy in Faster; although even they may prefer seeing it in Blu-Ray at home, which would allow for trips to the fridge for fuel when the film begins to idle in the last reel.
  14. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    This is meat-and-potatoes (and bullets) action filmmaking, although, really, that title's got to go.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    The archetypal names are pure Walter Hill, the single-minded grudge mission borrowed from Donald Westlake's Hunter books - fine antecedents, though director George Tillman Jr.'s style is anything but terse, indulging rote slo-mo swagger set to secondhand musical cues.
  16. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Faster, a turgid, ultraviolent parable of revenge and forgiveness, is as muscle-bound as its monosyllabic antihero.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 13, 2010
    40
    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is overhyped as Billy Bob Thornton is slow and steady.
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 13, 2010
    40
    The Rock deserves better than this ho-hum revenge picture.
  19. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Dec 13, 2010
    40
    Watching Driver peel rubber proves B grade action movies are a welcome diversion in the era of CGI blockbusters. If only Faster didn't fizzle each time Johnson put down his gun.
  20. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Dec 13, 2010
    38
    In Faster, it's a car, not actors, that drives movie.
  21. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 13, 2010
    38
    Whatever brownie points Tillman scored with "Notorious", Faster is that wake-up call that he's no John Woo.
  22. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 13, 2010
    25
    Despite much effort, neither Johnson nor director George Tillman Jr. ("Notorious") can make this preposterous tale, live up to its title.
  23. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Dec 13, 2010
    25
    Faster grafts that genre's style onto a deadbeat script and leaves it to Johnson - as deadly focused as a gunsight - to make it all believable.
  24. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 13, 2010
    0
    No matter how guilty our knucklehead-protagonist's victims supposedly are, it's difficult to maintain a rooting interest.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    6
    The movie is overall bearable to stand for itself, but the Johnson action and a understandable morale of redemption makes the movie worth to watch.
  2. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    Once again, most of the critics are wrong!! Finally, Dwayne Johnson gets out of that tutu and blows people's heads off!! A tribute to the old school 70s action movies, Faster's plot is simple, but the ride is intense. And there's not just good ol' action. Everyone gives great, dramatic performances, espicially the Rock, who is cooler than ever. Overall, Faster has everything you want out of an old school action flick-badass killers, badass guns, badass cars, and hot chicks!! WELCOME BACK, ROCK!!! Full Review »
  3. Nov 26, 2010
    9
    I don't know what the critics are looking for in movies, but they are way off with this one. This action movie was exciting, violent, full of action, fast cars, and even a few laughs. Most importantly, it was FUN. It's been a while since Dwayne Johnson did a straight up action role, something he is a natural for. Trust me and the other nonprofessional reviewers: this movie is worth it! Full Review »