The Fast and the Furious

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    90
    Shrewdly conceived, confidently executed and outrageously entertaining.
  2. The result is an intensely involving entertainment that can be enjoyed by viewers who scarcely know how their own cars work.
  3. 80
    Along with the cast's charm, they provide enough fuel for a fun one (movie).
  4. 80
    (You) might be charmed by the film's blend of kineticism, car-culture rituals, and hilariously flat-footed dialogue.
  5. 80
    Loud, trashy, implausible and exciting, The Fast and the Furious may not have much of a brain, but it's definitely got a pulse.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed.
  7. 80
    The best cheap thrill to come out of Hollywood in ages -- it's a shot of tonic for the current blockbuster bloat.
  8. Something special about it. It's a formula movie, to be sure, but it's Formula One.
  9. 75
    Not a great movie, but it delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects.
  10. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Turbo-charged wallbanger with the IQ of a tire iron. But it jumps off the screen with the mindless panache of a good bad movie.
  11. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jun 23, 2016
    70
    The fun of a movie like this is not found in its logic, but in scary stunts and supercharged emotions.
  12. The movie may be intellectually sophomoric, dramatically adolescent and morally vacuous, but it's good fun while it lasts.
  13. With its machine-gun editing, extremely loud (mostly rap) soundtrack, occasional music-video interlude and overall in-your-face sensibility, it's a movie that's determined to chase anyone past age 30 or so right out of theater.
  14. 67
    Pure, unadulterated teen exploitation filmmaking at its best -- a heady, rocketing blast of fast cars, loud hip-hop, and a script so cheesy it might as well have “Made in Wisconsin” stamped on it.
  15. 63
    High-grade B flick about illegal street racing among gangs in Los Angeles applies the brakes only for the bare minimum of plot injection.
  16. 63
    There's some undeniable appeal to watching a well-oiled, built-for-speed machine operating with its pedal to the metal -- even if it's destined to wind up in flames before the finish line.
  17. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    63
    A massive compendium of youth-movie/pedal-to-the-metal cliches. But man, is it fast!
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 479 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 197
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    7
    "The Fast and the Furious" is not exactly a good movie (maybe because of Vin Diesel, muscle cars, and sexy babes in it) but it's not a bad one either.
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    3
    A lame overdose of chicks and cars that'll make you dizzy with bad camera work and make you scratch your head at its inane dialogue and dumbA lame overdose of chicks and cars that'll make you dizzy with bad camera work and make you scratch your head at its inane dialogue and dumb plot line. Full Review »
  3. Jul 28, 2012
    2
    Let's keep it short: Horrible camera work, which hurts to see sometimes. Looks like everything was filmed with a mobile phone camera. BadLet's keep it short: Horrible camera work, which hurts to see sometimes. Looks like everything was filmed with a mobile phone camera. Bad script, bad actors, silly soundtrack. You can't give action AND a fully developed story and characters in just 100 minutes. I'm happy, Rob Cohen wasn't allowed to make the other FF-Films too. Full Review »