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Fast Five Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

Not slowing down just yet... Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

The cars go boom. A lot. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

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    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Gets lots of mileage from a combination of high spirits, scorn for the laws of physics, readily renewable energy and an emphasis on family values-not those of the nuclear family, but of hell-raising, drag-racing outlaws who genuinely care for one another.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Inventive action sequences, deft stunt work and breathtaking cinematography make for revved-up fun.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What it all comes down to is a skillfully assembled 130 minutes at the movies, with actors capable of doing absurd things with straight faces, and action sequences that toy idly with the laws of physics.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Big crashes, lithe women and roiling testosterone, not to mention the addition of The Rock as a fire-and-brimstone federal agent – there's plenty to pull in the (mostly) young male audience.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    High-octane trash, but you will go "Ohhhhhh!"

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

High-octane heist sequel is violent but exciting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the fifth in a series of action movies that began with 2001's The Fast and the Furious. This one is more of a heist movie than a slam-bang racing movie, but it's still heavy on violence. Property is destroyed more frequently than people, though many minor characters are shot and killed (one bloodily), and there are some brutal fistfights. Language includes one "f--k" and several uses of "s--t." There's social drinking, kissing between a couple, and many scantily clad women on display and treated as sex objects.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? Does it seem at all realistic? How does that change its impact?
  • How does the movie treat women? Do you think they're included because of who they are or how they look? What effect does this have on a female audience's body image? What effect does it have on a male audience?
  • What makes these characters sympathetic -- even heroic -- even though they steal and destroy things? Can you think of other movies where "bad guys" are the heroes?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main characters engage in illegal activities so they can earn enough money to disappear and live comfortably for the rest of their lives. They plan to steal from a Brazilian gangster, but that doesn't necessarily make their crime more acceptable. Although they work together and solve problems, they also create rampant destruction and violence with no consequences.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The characters may seem "cool," but they're lawbreakers and troublemakers. They don't act responsibly, and they leave a trail of violence without any consequences. On the plus side, they do value family, and they work together well.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of big, powerful guns are pulled, and many minor characters are shot and killed. Not too much blood is seen, though a supporting character dies of a bloody gunshot wound. Some brutal fistfights. Mostly, the movie focuses on rampant destruction, smashing up cars, buses, trains, bridges, buildings, and just about anything else that gets in the way.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The main couple kisses often. Also lots of sexual innuendo and many shots of women wearing tight clothing (or very little clothing). Women are treated as sex objects in this movie.

  • language false2

    Language: One "f--k" and several uses of "s--t." Other words include "goddamn," "ass," "prick," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and "son of a bitch."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Plenty of fancy, fetishized cars are on display.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters drink beer on more than one occasion, but never to drunkenness.

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