Speed Racer
Speed Racer (2008)

The Matrix masterminds Andy and Larry Wachowski usher anime icon Tatsuo Yoshida's classic 1960s-era hit into the new millennium with this family-friendly story of a young racecar driver who takes on the mysterious Racer X in a… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Wachowski Brothers have overloaded Speed Racer with headache-inducing special effects, and neglected to develop a coherent storyline.

William Goss

Amid the overly earnest tone, (almost) squeaky-clean humor and familiar messages about teamwork and integrity is the rare film family that's as strong at the start as they are by the end.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I love the look and the style and the spirit of this film.

Julie Washington
Cleveland Plain Dealer

An excellent cast, story and visuals combine for an adrenaline-fueled experience. Go, Speed Racer!

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Tom Charity

Twelve-year-old boys should be wowed, but for the rest of us, it will depend on your appetite for eye candy.

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David Ansen

Speed Racer creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future. Its biggest disappointment, strangely enough, is its raison d'être -- the races themselves.

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Ray Pride

It seems less a commercial strategy by the Wachowskis as a philosophical one: to incorporate as many forms of communication and color-blind ethnicity as possible, much as they did with the Matrix pictures.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Even the target audience of 10-year-olds might get jimmy legs sitting for a punishing 135 minutes as the Wachowski brothers projectile-vomit their cotton-candy dreams all over the big screen.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

Speed Racer intends to convey a sense of heedless momentum, but it drags painfully.

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Ali Gray

This is Wacky Races powered by Enzo Ferrari and designed by Andy Warhol - candy-coloured carnage with a turbo-charged engine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
high speed over the top action with lots of crazy CGI gave this live action film a great feel for the old cartoon. Fun but not great.
KJ Proulx
I hate saying this, but I find myself liking every bit of this movie! Im still trying to figure out why, but I love the style and the heart that goes itno this… More
Alex roy
Speed Racer is a film that upon initial release polarized audiences due to its story, performances, dialogue and visual style. However, visually, this film is a… More
Directors Cat
It's got such a fantastic ensemble cast that goes to waste because of an over dose of special effects and action sequences. The film goes from one scene to… More
Eugene Bernabe
The Wachowski Bros trade in the cleverness and storytelling for fast-paced racing and typical nonsense. Speed Racer is a visually a remarkable adaptation of the… More
Phil Hubbs
Jesus christ, let my eyes recover first haha this is really all thats bad with modern films today, imagination wise its very good and im sure the cartoon was… More