Speed Racer

Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 37
  2. Negative: 15 out of 37

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Critic Reviews

  1. Unlike a Pixar cartoon that embraces as wide an audience as possible, Speed Racer proudly denies entry into its ultra-bright world to all but gamers, fanboys and anime enthusiasts. Story and character are tossed aside to focus obsessively on PG-rated action and milk-guzzling heroes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    60
    It'll split the ranks like a pizza cutter: you might admire it as a Warholian blur of pop art, gawp and gasp at its Hot Wheels-for-real dynamism, or get a headache.
  3. The cast is generally game for playing cardboard cutouts, with Goodman having the most fun.
  4. Young boys are the only suitable audience for Speed Racer, the elaborate live-action adaptation written and directed by "Matrix" creators Larry and Andy Wachowski. And even they might feel an urge to squirm.
  5. 50
    At an exceedingly long 135 minutes, the film needs more than what might result from the explosion of a Crayola factory, and Speed Racer has nothing extra to offer - no heart, no excitement, no moments to cherish.
  6. 50
    Borderline-experimental in the way it challenges the limits of perception. It's forward-thinking, visionary, and much of the time unwatchable.
  7. It's hard to say whether the Wachowski brothers' live action take on the Japanese Speed Racer cartoons is more irritating because it looks like a Hot Wheels video game or because the brothers seem to think that there's a powerful family drama humming away beneath the flashing lights and spinning wheels.
  8. If this action extravaganza represents the future of movies, it's going to be a sad, dead and awful future.
  9. 50
    It isn't going to set the world on fire, but it's perfectly acceptable for what it is.
  10. There's something here for everyone to dislike - the whole clan can have fun making fun of this thing.
  11. 50
    It's a family film done as a trip film. It is a trip, but it's a bad trip.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The movie demands you be a glutton for sensation and then has the nerve to ask why you're not hungrier.
  13. 50
    There is one high note. You can approach Speed Racer as the trippiest stonerfest since Stanley Kubrick took his space odyssey.
  14. So hyperfrenetic that, in the end, you wonder if the Wachowskis aren't trying to pull off an elaborate hoax – a deranged techno fantasia posing as retro-ish family fare.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 420 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 208
  1. DaveN
    Aug 8, 2009
    10
    It's more than a year after this movie was released. Few even knew there was a Speed Racer movie it seems, and even fewer cared to see It's more than a year after this movie was released. Few even knew there was a Speed Racer movie it seems, and even fewer cared to see it. I was one of those people and oh boy, am I ever sorry. A trailer means NOTHING for this type of movie. While one their own, certain scenes might appear unwatchable and the dialogue too sappy for most, as a whole this movie has escalated to the top of my list of favorite movies in the past couple years. I can't get it out of my head. The shmaltz, the eye-ravaging colours, the exhilarating soundtrack, the heart pounding races, and the comic genius --- When you become obsessed with everything related to a movie, you know it was something special. If you're gut tells you to avoid this movie, it's probably just gas. Full Review »
  2. USG
    Nov 21, 2011
    3
    This is a disservice to even fans of the original Speed Racer cartoon and any references (which are too many) to the original are painful. TheThis is a disservice to even fans of the original Speed Racer cartoon and any references (which are too many) to the original are painful. The effects are weird and unfitting and don't suit the original series. Full Review »
  3. Lyell
    May 9, 2008
    1
    Sneek preview was awful. Can they fix it before wide release. Almost comically bad. Lots to make fun of. You might want to go high.