The Fast and the Furious
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A magazine article about real-life car racing gangs for Vibe becomes this fast-paced automotive thriller from director Rob Cohen. Paul Walker stars as Brian O'Conner, a youthful FBI agent investigating a series of hijackings by going undercover with a street gang led by charismatic Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Caught up in Toretto's world of gang conflict that is resolved in late-night car races, Spindler starts to sympathize with his chief suspect and falls in love with Toretto's younger sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). In the meantime, Spindler initially suspects the wrong gang of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It doesn't matter that we know where it's going, what counts is that Cohen keeps his pedal to the floor and that his actors gun their lines with absolute conviction. Loud cars, fast music: this movie knows exactly what it's about."
‑ , Time Out
"This is a bad, bad movie. Skip it."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"May be a cheesy movie, but it's a fun cheesy movie."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An exciting second-tier action flick."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"While few of the paper-thin characters register long enough to make much of an impression, Diesel carries the movie with his unsettling mix of Zen-like tranquillity and barely controlled rage."
‑ Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader
"Works hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Sure it's a guilty pleasure watching stunt drivers put flashy state-of-the-art streetcars through impossibly daring maneuvers, but it's a happy indulgence nonetheless."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's all testosterone and swagger, and tries so hard to be cool that it's just the opposite."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It runs out of gas."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Returning the series to solid ground after 2 Fast 2 Furious leaned too heavily on cartoonish CGI effects, Tokyo Drift relies on old-fashioned stunt work that gives its best sequences a sense of brute physicality."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Even those who've never heard of 'rice rockets' (Japanese imports souped up with computerized hydraulics and customized engines) might be charmed by the film's blend of kineticism, car-culture rituals, and hilariously flat-footed dialogue."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"... when characters are not racing at breakneck speed, the movie as a whole ceases to move."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Not Point Break so much as Point Less."
‑ Andrew Anthony, Observer [UK]
"This is probably the most fun to be had at the multiplex so far this year."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
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