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Two-time Academy Award (R) winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams once again with two-time Academy Award (R)-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth of The Avengers, Thor) and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl of Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum). (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An entertaining movie with two solid performances that only occasionally stalls because of its sometimes heavy-handed treatment of Hunt and Lauda's differences."
‑ Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail
"If you don't already know the story of that season, lucky you; even now, it exerts a ridiculous thrill."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
""Rush" does for Racing what "Rocky" did for Boxing."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"One of the best looking and sounding films of the year on top of being one of the most exciting."
‑ Chris Tilly, IGN Movies
"It's a duel of dualism, with audiences leaning into the corners to decide whether to ally themselves with Hunt's hedonism or Lauda's hard-headedness. Howard's triumph is that the choice is never an easy one."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Rush is an outsize Hollywood spectacle about two outsize personalities in conflict, a sleekly assembled thrill machine that makes up in excitement for what it lacks in nuance."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Howard's good sense on Rush is to repeat his Frost/Nixon success by surrounding himself with superior writing and acting talent"
‑ Brogan Morris, Movie Mezzanine
"Hemsworth and Bruhl quickly develop a rapport, and even though they don't share much screen time together their relationship as Lauda and Hunt is convincing, funny, cool, and often emotional, and the same goes for the rest of Howard's [movie]."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"Morgan's talent for dramatizing recent history remains unimpaired, the race scenes are harrowingly exciting, and Howard gets fine performances from all, especially Brühl in a showcase breakout role."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The script is another Peter Morgan special. Like, say, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, it's a speculative duet built around a moment of newsworthiness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Rush is not a particularly deep film. But more importantly, it is not a film that mistakes itself for deep. And this self-knowledge makes Rush, in some ways, a wiser film than many that aspire to loftier goals."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Rush is pure 'print the myth' stuff -- but since both its heroes really are myths, it gets away with it, with more grace and vigor than you might expect."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"This is still an exciting story about competition, but without that stirring moment of humanity that helps sports movies win over the audience, Rush comes up a lap short."
‑ Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
"Ron Howard understands how to frame intense action sequences, but frequently lacks the emotional leverage to avoid cliché."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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