The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 22, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sleek and shiny on the surface, The Fast and the Furious recalls those cheesy teenage exploitation flicks of the 1950s.

Todd McCarthy

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.

Time Out

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.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A spectacular start to one of Hollywood's most surprising and popular franchises ever.

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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Works hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This is a bad, bad movie. Skip it.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Amy Taubin
Village Voice

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.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
One of the most overrated ridiculous franchises ever? well you get what you pay for right, you see the trailer, you see fast cars and slutty girls, you know… More
KJ Proulx
This adrenaline flick classifies as one of my favourite films of all time, only because of how great it is put together! It is action packed, never get's… More
Dan Schultz
Original, creative, and very watchable thanks to a commanding performance by Vin Diesel. Its flashy entertainment and sometimes a bit TOO flashy, but never… More
Edward Boxler
As far as B-movies go, you can't do better than The Fast and the Furious. The story is a bit silly and runs familiar territory, but stars Paul Walker and… More
Eric S
I would prefer plugging this high speed action film to those interested in cars, but due to the recent loss of my friend Paul Walker, it has become quite sad to… More
Eugene Bernabe
Rob Cohen does a phenomenal job of bringing the world of street-racing to the big screen. An in-your-face, in-the-action direction plays well visually as well… More