Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 26, 2013
    Rush is the kind of Hollywood studio production that has sadly become all too rare — a smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show without ever insulting your intelligence.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Sep 11, 2013
    Rush hits a few potholes, but in the end it reveals the psyches of two men who only feel alive when they're cheating death.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 19, 2013
    Though one enjoys and appreciates Rush for what it is, it does not thrill the blood the way we have the right to expect a film like this to do.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 19, 2013
    Howard and Morgan make the journey intense enough to keep audiences guessing up to the finish line.
  5. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 25, 2013
    Rush, a film about two real-life titans of Formula One racing in the Seventies, splits its narrative between these oil-and-water personalities, which feels about right: It's only half of a good movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 20, 2013
    Rush isn’t bad, exactly, but it’s like a standard-issue male action programmer that somehow crept in from an earlier era.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Sep 18, 2013
    Rush, in other words, is a foursquare sportsmanship movie, offering little in the way of surprises but plenty of earnest, satisfying thrills.
  8. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Sep 27, 2013
    The problem with car-racing movies, though, is that they are car-racing movies. Has any director found a way to spare audiences the eventual tedium of watching automobiles go around and around a track and instead capture the thrill of the sport?
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 26, 2013
    It's big, brash and dramatically it goes in circles. The first two may be enough for most people, especially if they're into Formula One racing, to overlook the third.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 19, 2013
    Howard, whose previous tales of men in professional peril include the topnotch “Apollo 13” as well as “Backdraft” and “Cinderella Man,” works with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle to create a style in the racing scenes that makes the most of every angle. By the time the final lap of Rush starts, we’re up for the ride.
  11. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Sep 20, 2013
    I might have tolerated the film much more with the sound off. With the volume on, this movie feels like a mucho-macho Saturday morning cartoon—specifically Bugs Bunny toying with his eternal pursuer, Elmer Fudd.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 19, 2013
    For all its immersion in the roar, grease and danger of Formula One, the fact-based Rush — about the sport's great rivalry of the 1970s — is also more predictable than a pit stop, something well-suited to Mr. Howard. He's made perfectly palatable pictures, but never a truly great one, partly because he has such a weakness for the commercial and a consequent gift for the obvious.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 17, 2013
    The movie leans on symbolic imagery that’s alternately tired and ridiculous: Hunt’s impatiently flicked cigarette lighter (yes, he’s a candle waiting to be lit) or a black-widow spider crawling up the stands of one particularly dangerous course. These are classic frenemies; their tale deserves more gas in the tank.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 23, 2013
    Ron Howard's by-the-seat-of-your-pants aesthetic makes the slower, darker sequences feel hurried and bland, especially when stacked up next to the racing sequences.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 430 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 83
  2. Negative: 1 out of 83
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    What an amazing movie about to legends of the track Niki Lauda is a machine unbelievable driver and technician and James Hunt just pure raw talent Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Brühl do them both justice such a enjoyable movie well filmed really intense action just one of them all round completely brilliant films a must see. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    "Rush" is an awe-inspiring story filled with nail-biting, fast-paced racing scenes and it's right up there with some of Ron Howard's best films. While you might go into "Rush" thinking it's going to be Hemsworth's show, it's Daniel Brühl's unforgettable performance as his rival that has the most impact Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    I'm not a Formula 1 fan, but this movie was really appealing to me. The development of characters and plot are so well constructed that it is impossible no to enjoy this movie as a master piece. Full Review »