Need For Speed
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Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and '70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, "Need for Speed" taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time-one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

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"This is cinema reduced or distilled to its purest definition, of movies that move"
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"You wouldn't think a movie called Need For Speed would feel so slow."
‑ Marc Bernardin, Hollywood Reporter
"Need for Speed is an extremely hollow and tedious film that has nothing to offer to anyone except the most avid of car junkies."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Despite all the flaws, there's no denying the visceral feeling that "Need for Speed" evokes. I found myself tensed up throughout most of it, and that served to remind me that however simplistic and clichéd this film was, it still had me in its grip."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The target audience won't regret putting down its joystick for a couple of hours...but for anyone looking for depth or distinction, nevermind."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"This movie is a complete bore."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's like watching someone ELSE play a video game for more than two hours. That gets old real fast."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"If Need For Speed was 15% less overtly dumb and 15% less pandering to the stereotypical boy audience, it might have been a completely enjoyable B-movie romp."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
""However, the auto racing action-thriller meanders so much and takes so long to get its character and situations where they're going you'll be tempted to call it 'Need for Judicious Editing' instead.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"The auto carnage lacks flair or creativity."
‑ Dominic Corry,
"There's nothing here you haven't seen before."
‑ Alex Pappademas, Grantland
"Though later sequences lean a little too heavily on contemporary car flick clichés ... they are all nonetheless informed by a gee-whiz appreciation for gleaming cars and stunt driving ingenuity."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"Need for Speed provides some excitement for its target demographic while proving to be an overlong slog for everyone else."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Need for Speed is so busy and loud that, if not watched vigilantly, it could be mistaken for something fun. But it is a shambling lemon."
‑ Dan Schindel, Film School Rejects
"... little more than gearhead pornography, with an emphasis on skid marks and squealing tires over logical storytelling and meaningful relationships - except that of a driver and his gas pedal."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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