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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 34
  2. Negative: 26 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Aug 29, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Aug 28, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Aug 30, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Aug 29, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 29, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Aug 31, 2013
    The smash-and-crash chase scenes are numbingly dull.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 28, 2013
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 39
  2. Negative: 23 out of 39
  1. Sep 6, 2013
    Love this movie...don't know why everyone is hating on Selena, she was great. Maybe it was a little hard but really? She's only 21, cut her some slack. Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    It's no "Fast & Furious," but it's still a pretty fun movie. The car chases are pretty well done and the plot wasn't half-bad. Ethan Hawke is what really makes the movie enjoyable. Selena Gomez's performance wasn't excellent by any means, but it wasn't as bad as most lead on. It's clear by the amount of cursing she is doing in this film that she is trying to distance herself from her Disney reputation like so many before her, but overall she's not that bad.

    I do have a problem with how the camera will constantly switch directions during the car chases, and one segment near the end where you see the chase happening in first person for an overly long period of time is unintentionally goofy and funny. I have to say as a whole I enjoyed the movie. It's got just enough action and humor to be entertaining, even if it is lacking originality and sometimes intelligence. I found it to be a pretty good movie that's fun if you know what to expect.
  3. Nov 21, 2013
    Just because I gave Paranoia a 10, doesn't mean I like bad movies. While Paranoia was entertaining enough, Getaway is pretty much a 90 minute long car chase. Ethan Hawke is not very interesting. Selena Gomez is pretty annoying as "The Kid", and is only there to mutter curse words at poor Brent Magna. It isn't too interesting and is a bit far-fetched; the storyline/plot is pretty weak. It's like Liam Neeson's "Taken" on wheels, but with less satisfying action.

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  4. Oct 21, 2013
    Damn was expecting more. I gave it one star for Selena Gomez (I know she's a good actress), Ethan Hawk (I know he's a good actor), and 1 star (for tricking us into believing this would be a bad-ass movie with the trailers and previews). Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2013
    Hawke swoops in to drag Gomez's career to new depths. The starved Disney sex kitten purrs her way through scatological expletives, as the plot races by as a fast-paced testosterone orgasm of car-crashes, by the dozens. Because literally that sentence is perhaps the entirety of this film. Gomez failure to maintain her aggressive nature, let alone capture it and portray a mature carjacker only supports Hawke's failure in playing the pigeon to Voight's waning career. Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    GETAWAY is one of those bad movies you wind up liking. Not good bad or fun bad, just bad but I kind of liked Hawke and Gomez. The film looks sensational with its rich dark blacks and saturated colors that only digital can provide. So a big bravo to cinematographer Yaron Levy. Expand
  7. Nov 24, 2013
    Interesting plot is ruined by weak dialogue. Terrible acting, Mostly from Gomez because she seems so very uninterested and bored through out the course, She is one of the bigger reasons why this movie sucks so much. The film's biggest flaw is the piss-poor job done editing it. Cutting away from a main action scene to another shorter scene from a different angle, It just ruins the flow of the film and never allows the viewer to get a true look at the action through out. I think if it were re-edited, and they actually take their time with it, it'd at least be more watchable.

    Overall, Getaway is a massive disappointment and that's a shame because this film had the potential to earn 2-3 times it's budget in theaters. People, like myself, love action packed low budget films that just jumps right into the action without having wait a half hour or longer to do so. It was just so poorly done that it absolutely killed all hope for it.

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