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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
""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,
"If you're suffering from withdrawal symptoms for high-octane action, DreamWorks is ready with an instant adrenaline fix."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"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 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,
"This film is clichéd and cloying, a revenge flick measured in RPMs and MPGs vs. anything remotely resembling human emotion. Oh, and the action scenes stink, as well."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"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
"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)
"Speed? Yes. Everything else? No."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"OK, so the script sucks."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
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