Speed
Speed (1994)

If you don't think Speed is the fastest-moving adventure film ever made, we challenge you to find a faster one. Keanu Reeves stars as an LA Bomb Squad specialist whose principal antagonist is elusive bomber-extortionist Dennis Hopper.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 1998
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76%



Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's more than a mere knockoff. It's a clever, carefully constructed action machine that generates lots of high-octane thrills and spills. What it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in full-throttle pacing.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.

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Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony

It's easy to poke fun at some of the more far-fetched scenes and, at times, cheesy dialogue, but this is still one hell of an action movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
If you suspend logic a little bit and don't question the bad guy's non-existent motives for his actions, then Speed is one of the best action movies… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Speed is one of those action movies that has a familiar premise that were sure… More
Phil Hubbs
Well I think 'Under Siege' kick started the term 'Die Hard on a...' back in 1992, then along came this massive action film rollercoaster… More
Eric Alvarez
From what I remember, this movie is full of action and awesomeness.
Kevin Cookman
WOW, THIS MOVIE HOLDS UP. Over the top, yet kind of wholly logical.
xGary Xx
An extortionist plants a bomb on a Los Angeles bus which will explode if its speed drops to less than 50 miles per hour. This thin synopsis perfectly represents… More