BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Need For Speed Reviews

By Drax Largo on March 14th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Need For Speed

via Rotten Tomatoes

You wouldn’t think a movie called Need For Speed would feel so slow.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

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It’s like watching someone ELSE play a video game for more than two hours. That gets old real fast.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com

Richard Roeper.com
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Need For Speed fails spectacularly on so many levels, it almost begs you to bring back the hyperactive, overacting Nicolas Cage for Drive Angry 2. Almost.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Toronto Star

Toronto Star
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Honestly, Aaron Paul, what were you thinking?

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News

Detroit News
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You’d have to be a true carmudgeon (sorry) to want it to stop.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is a film you want to see for the racing, and in that sense it doesn’t disappoint.

March 13, 2014Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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It’s not particularly smart or original, but car lovers and films fans that are willing to switch off their brains should find Need for Speed offers an amusing ride.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: ScreenRant

ScreenRant

Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed is a loud and proud B-movie. It’s ridiculous, and it’s also more fun than you might expect.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide

TV Guide’s Movie Guide

Even though Need for Speed manages to entertain in some of its best moments, the final product is just too bloated and inept to work.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Without CGI, this gearhead fantasy could never be made.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: East Bay Express

East Bay Express

The characterisation and plotting are as crude as the car chases are slick.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Independent

Independent

So, is there a need for Need For Speed? Well, no, not really.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Twitch

Twitch

Need for Speed is car porn. And just like with adult films, its B-movie plot and clumsy dialogue only get in the way of what everyone wants to see: dangerous high-speed racing and violent crashes.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

Given [Aaron] Paul’s established knack for comedy, it’s a little odd that he’s consigned to the role of humorless brooder […] but given Need For Speed’s oft-shaky grasp of comedy, he’s probably better off in grip-it-and-rip-it mode.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: The Dissolve

The Dissolve

What exactly is wrong with this film from stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh? Stock characters? They’re driving stock cars, for Pete’s sake! Whaddayawant?

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: National Post

National Post

Nothing in Need for Speed makes a lick of sense: the geography is off, the story daft, the cliches plentiful.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Irish Times

Irish Times

I can say with confidence that Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed is perhaps the best live-action video game movie made to date. It’s still not very good.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Nerdist

Nerdist

Even though the movie is a fairly routine popcorn entertainment with typical twists, romances, heroes and villains, it feels old-fashioned, organic, and exciting. It’s based on a video game, but you’d never know it.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media

Stictly for those who don’t mind paying to watch a 2 hour Mustang commercial in 3D.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Boston Herald

Boston Herald

This is all about speed and well-done dangerous dashes and spectacular crashes. They’re fun. Unfortunately, at 130-minutes Need for Speed is everything but speedy.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald

Tri-City Herald

The downside to the rest of the movie being such a hot mess is that as jaw-dropping as it is, it’s impossible to care about all of the automotive carnage.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Suburban Journals of St. Louis

As both a racing movie and a video game adaptation, this is a missed opportunity.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Film4

Waugh stages the action reasonably well, although none bristle with the vigor and intensity of better recent car chases in ‘Drive’ and ‘Jack Reacher.’

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com

MLive.com

Director Scott Waugh made himself a hostage to fortune by saying he was paying tribute to classic car chase movies such as Bullitt.

March 14, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

Daily Mail [UK]

 

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