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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 34
  2. Negative: 26 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 31, 2013
    50
    Getaway is pretty much a 90-minute car chase. That's it.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 30, 2013
    0
    When Macbeth said, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing," he must have had visions about Courtney Solomon's Getaway, a car chase thriller with zero thrills and a stench that all the perfumes of Arabia couldn't erase.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 29, 2013
    20
    The glimmers of wit and carnival humor in the “Fast & Furious” franchise are nowhere to be found in Getaway.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    Getaway makes the Transformers movies seem like they were shot in slow motion. You see all these vehicles smashing into each other, but the movie is never thrilling.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 28, 2013
    30
    It couldn’t be a simpler, more workable premise for a good B-movie, but the amount of effort put into making it fast and edgy is inversely proportional to the scant thrills it yields.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 29, 2013
    38
    Terrible but, in its squealing way, sporadically fun-terrible.
  7. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 29, 2013
    67
    Gomez is a nonstarter as an actor, alternating dully between petulance and indifference. Hawke compensates with a vivid, ferocious performance that doesn’t go over the top.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 29, 2013
    12
    Getaway is so bad that what’s most surprising about it is that Nicolas Cage didn’t manage to star in it. But one man can only do so many low-rent projects a year.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 29, 2013
    40
    What Getaway needed most is enough juice to get to the finish line, narratively speaking. Because while jumping into the car is great, the fun dies fast if there’s nowhere to go.
  10. 38
    Maybe they all took a gander at that random, ridiculous scenario and hoped that the car would be cool enough to bail them out. It isn’t.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 29, 2013
    30
    Gomez plays ... well, that’s one of the problems. Her character is so underdeveloped in director Courtney Solomon’s movie that she doesn’t actually have a name.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Aug 28, 2013
    30
    Easily one of the dopiest major studio releases since Elie Samaha got out of the business.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.
  14. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 29, 2013
    20
    But unless you're a demolition-derby fetishist or a connoisseur of vehicular mayhem, none of that will buy you a thrill in this video game posing as a movie.
  15. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 28, 2013
    20
    Getaway seems built for non-English speaking territories in which dialogue is as disposable as Bulgarian police cars. If only those audiences were as dumb as the action itself.
  16. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Aug 31, 2013
    20
    The smash-and-crash chase scenes are numbingly dull.
  17. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Aug 28, 2013
    42
    For the most part, Getaway lacks tension and violence. Strobe cuts rob the stunts of any sense of motion; twisting metal, seen in half-second snippets, becomes abstracted texture. While it’s possible to appreciate this stuff on an individual level, it doesn’t quite add up to an action-movie whole.
  18. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 28, 2013
    0
    It's understandable that larger scale movies will want to spawn sequels, but this is about two degrees away from being a movie that premieres on Cinemax on a Friday night, sandwiched between two soft core porn movies with funny titles. Getaway is stuck in neutral. And that's where it'll stay.
  19. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    In the end, it’s hard to remember another action entry that expends so much energy on frenetic blacktop choreography and attention-deficit editing with so little to show for it.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    A car-chase clunker that can't escape its own noxious emissions.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 31, 2013
    12
    The whole movie becomes such a pileup of detritus, whether it’s cop cars or plot points, that even something as important as rationale becomes an afterthought.
  22. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Sep 3, 2013
    30
    This is a movie for those who watched Liam Neeson in "Taken" and thought, "Hey, this is fun, but can we do it without having to wait 15 minutes for the action to start?" Solomon has 90 minutes at his disposal, and doesn't want to waste time with setup.
  23. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Aug 30, 2013
    38
    The car chase thriller Getaway has a wild premise and few good moments, and if there were an Oscar for wrecking police cars, it would absolutely win.
  24. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Aug 28, 2013
    21
    The film blinks too fast to maintain a coherent vision.
  25. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    Though always speeding forward in some gear of ridiculousness, the film is a lot more fun when it's completely nonsensical, before its baddie's motives and harebrained plot are funnel-fed to the viewer.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Dec 9, 2013
    40
    You watch the resultant, wholly bloodless carnage with brain in neutral and eyes glazing over, as you would a re-run of Police, Camera, Action! at two in the morning.
  27. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Aug 30, 2013
    16
    You will still be astonished by how flat-out awful it is.
  28. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Aug 30, 2013
    50
    The racing is spectacular, especially when you consider director Courtney Solomon’s claim that no CGI was used in the crash scenes... Solomon wanted to put the audience in the middle of events and inside the car; he certainly does pull that off. Believe me, your head will spin. After a while it all becomes mind-numbing.
  29. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Dec 9, 2013
    20
    Alas, director Courtney Solomon burns out all the cool potential, leaving us with a witless and unforgivably tame car wreck.
  30. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 2, 2013
    30
    Getaway’s only claim to fame is that it may be the dumbest movie released this summer.
  31. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Aug 29, 2013
    50
    By the time the movie actually arrives at its finest moment – a nearly two-minute single shot from the Mustang’s hood as it chases the villain’s van through dense traffic – you’ve become so numb to speed and sensation that you may barely notice.
  32. Aug 29, 2013
    40
    Getaway cares little about plot and even less about credibility (cue a pouty-mouthed Gomez spouting nuggets of wisdom about computer servers and ISPs). If you can’t even deliver blatant car-nography, what’s the point?
  33. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    Though always speeding forward in some gear of ridiculousness, the film is a lot more fun when it's completely nonsensical, before its baddie's motives and harebrained plot are funnel-fed to the viewer.
  34. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Aug 28, 2013
    30
    This is not a remake of Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway," but a new effort. The film is loaded with action and violence, although not in any logical or accessible way.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 39
  2. Negative: 23 out of 39
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    0
    Cribbing from countless adrenaline-fueled concept films, from "Speed" to any Jason Statham movie you like, "Getaway" (not to be confused with the two "The Getaway" films based on Jim Thompson's novel) tries to ride its thin concept, hoping the fumes of constant engine revving are intoxicating. Director Courtney Solomon splices together footage from cameras inside the car (from which the kidnapper eyes his pawns) and from exterior stuntmen-enabled wide shots. The action (all at nighttime) is messily and crudely filmed. The plot mechanics are often laughable. How, then, to explain the film's sudden elegance in one (and only one) shot that appears toward the end of the film like a parting of the waters? Suddenly, the frantic cutting and the relentlessly grating score dissipate for a lengthy first-person perspective of a car speeding down a rolling, suburban road, gracefully sliding around traffic at dawn. It's a diamond that can't make up for the other 89 minutes of rough. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    1
    Sad about this movie because was not great. I was thinking that this movie was gonna be a good one, but was not. Very disappointed with this Was too silly for me, and the Selena Gomez acting was very poor because she's a other big Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2013
    0
    This movie.....was complete of money and all Selena Gomez did was make the experience even more worst than it already was...i hate it..worst movie I've seen this year..:( Full Review »