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  • Summary: Anthony Hopkins stars as Burt Munro, a man who never let the dreams of youth fade. After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt sets off from the bottom of the world to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all the odds against him, he set a new speed record and captured the spirit of his time. Burt Munro's 1967 world record remains unbroken and his legend lives on today. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
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  1. It's a low-key, subtly inspirational drama that builds its charm slowly but surely.
  2. 83
    Both handmade and souped-up, it beautifully renders two types of camaraderie: the bonds among eccentrics and the fellowship of speed.
  3. 75
    Hopkins' larger-than-life performance as the crusty and crafty Burt rivets your attention for two solid hours in this most entertaining labor of love.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sometimes shticky biopic overcomes its cornball conventionality to become a genial entertainment, thanks to Anthony Hopkins' exceptionally engaging performance.
  5. 70
    Hopkins delivers such a warm, winning performance that it's hard not to be won over by his loopy charm and monomaniacal passion. The film is about a man whose need for speed takes on an existential and spiritual dimension, but it's precisely its rambling, meandering, unhurried affability that makes it such a low-key pleasure.
  6. The cockeyed devotion with which writer-director Roger Donaldson dramatizes the story of New Zealand motorcycle legend Burt Munro and his classic 1920 bike in The World's Fastest Indian is in direct proportion to the cockeyed devotion with which Munro himself pursued his lifetime goal of setting a land-speed record at Bonneville Flats, Utah.
  7. As the movie's tag line has it, it's based on a hell of a story. Too bad they didn't just tell it.

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. Sep 8, 2010
    Inspirational movie about following your dreams. I would highly recommend it as the perfect family movie for all ages. Anthony Hopkins plays the role perfectly. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2011
    An inspiring story of a man who wills himself through adversity to achieve a lifelong dream of setting the world land speed record. Burt Munro, played to perfection by Anthony Hopkins, accomplishes this task despite his deteriorating health conditions, the cultural shock of traveling to a foreign nation, and struggling to have his racer admitted into the competition because his vehicle is considered substandard and dangerous. A fantastic film. See it. Expand
  3. Dec 31, 2011
    Bottom line: Slow, immersive, and also catch me if you can kind of belief, rather unusual and very engaging, inspirational at times with effortless performance from Antony Hopkins. Quite impressive it was. What it lacked? It lacked a fast screenplay. Expand

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