Used Cars
Used Cars (1980)

Used Cars is one of Robert Zemeckis' pre-Roger Rabbit and pre-Forrest Gump efforts starring Kurt Russell is a devious car salesman who goes to work for affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Jack Warden. Warden's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 1980
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Robert Zemeckis' pitch-black satire of American culture doesn't always hit the mark, but it's got enough manic comic energy to warrant a spin.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

This classic screwball fantasy is like a more restless and visually high-spirited version of the W. C. Fields pictures.

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Variety Staff

What might have looked like a great idea on paper has been tackled by filmmakers who haven't expanded it much beyond the one joke inherent in the premise.

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Richard Luck

Featuring a great turn from Kurt Russell, Used Cars is both a brilliantly funny comedy and a good reminder of just how interesting a writer-director Robert Zemeckis used to be.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Director/co-writer Robert Zemeckis has undeniable energy and flair, but it's being misspent on pretexts and situations that seem inexcusably gratuitous and snide.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Used Cars runs on a contemporary screwball motor with a slapstick chassis.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

It's also one of the funniest ruminations on American values, as the car showroom becomes a warped microcosm of society.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Most of the time, I didn't know whether to laugh or shudder, and I ended up doing a lot of both.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Used Cars was written, directed, and produced by the team of Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale, two young filmmakers who seem to be higher on kinetic energy than on structure and comedic instinct.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Used Cars is full of used characters, used ideas, and used jokes, many of which are in astonishingly bad taste.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A comedy about lying is difficult to approve of and yet Zemeckis' team and presentation will at least have you consider it's viability. The fantasy,… More
Mike S
My least favourite of all of Robert Zemeckis' movies, but a fairly amusing (not to say really wacky and kinky) comedy in any case. The plotline, about two… More
Aj V
A hilarious adventure comedy with a good story. I loved it.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Rober Zemeckis actually directed a fun movie in his career? With Kurt Russell dressed in full disco gear? And it's actually an acid comedy instead of some… More
Brian De Guelle
80's classic ,one of kurt russel and robert zemeckis forgotten gems.Ok its dated but they dont make them like this anymore,not even the recent "the… More
Dean McKenna
This is a riotous account of two feuding used-car businesses. Jack Warden and Kurt Russell are both excellent in this overlooked comedy. Fine support is offered… More