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
"What is most surprising about Need For Speed is how badly it starts off. With too much exposition and not enough spark between the characters, it's as if the overlong 130-minute film will live up to its title for all of the wrong reasons."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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
"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
"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)
"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
"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,
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