Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 27, 2013
    Rush, which marks a return to form (and more so) for Howard after plodding through adultery buddy movie comedies (The Dilemma) and Dan Brown sequeldom (Angels & Demons), is almost primal.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Sep 26, 2013
    Rush ranks among the best movies about auto racing ever made, featuring two great performances from the leads, who capture not only the physical look of the racing legends they’re playing, but the vastly different character traits that made their rivalry, well, made for the movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 26, 2013
    In a way, Howard has made a philosophical drama about the way men move through the world. It’s just a really, really fast drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 25, 2013
    Howard, whose first job as a director was the 1977 Roger Corman-produced “Grand Theft Auto,” has captured what is surely the greatest racing footage ever shot.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 25, 2013
    The movie's finest performance is Daniel Bruhl's unapologetic bluntness as Lauda, and his subtle conveyance of jealousy the driver — whose resemblance to a rat is often noted — must have felt about Hunt's popularity and handsomeness.
  6. 88
    A fine and fun film tribute to the milieu, the men, women and machines in a sport that was never deadlier or more glamorous than its Disco Decade incarnation.
  7. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Sep 20, 2013
    A swift-moving, character-rich biopic whose kinetic Grand Prix sequences are constantly being overshadowed by genuinely riveting scenes of ... people talking.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 19, 2013
    Brilliantly captures the exhilaration that comes from facing death head-on. It's also an ode to joyous rivalry.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 19, 2013
    It's Morgan's core script, full of humor, heartache and verbal fireworks, that lifts Rush above the "Fast & Furious" herd.
  10. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 19, 2013
    Mr. Howard doesn’t just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver’s head.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 17, 2013
    It's both a perceptive dual character study and, that rarity of rarities, a large-scale action movie for grown-ups, one worth leaving the house for.
  12. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Sep 9, 2013
    Rush is one of those rare sports movies that’s compelling as both a drama and a spectacle.
  13. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 9, 2013
    Rush is a pretty thrilling piece of pop entertainment. It's excitingly assembled and moves like a bullet, highly engaging and nerve-wracking when it needs to be and light on its feet elsewhere.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 3, 2013
    Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year’s most compelling performances.
  15. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Sep 2, 2013
    Utterly gripping. Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard’s race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 450 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 86
  2. Negative: 1 out of 86
  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 30, 2013
    Was not expecting much going into the theater, but was pleasantly surprised. Ron Howard captures the rivalry really well and always keeps the story in a believable tone. The 70's washed out color scheme sets a great mood with these sets. I just wish this movie would make more money at the box office. It is a quality film much better than so many others released this year. Maybe it will get a few awards later bringing it more attention. Full Review »
  3. 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 »