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The Fast and the Furious Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Works hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title. It could have used a bit of a fuel injection itself.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    High-grade B flick about illegal street racing among gangs in Los Angeles applies the brakes only for the bare minimum of plot injection.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    There's some undeniable appeal to watching a well-oiled, built-for-speed machine operating with its pedal to the metal -- even if it's destined to wind up in flames before the finish line.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Not a great movie, but it delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Shrewdly conceived, confidently executed and outrageously entertaining.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

This is a bad, bad movie. Skip it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is as close to an R as it can be and remain a PG-13. It's very violent, with shoot-outs that leave one character dead and another seriously wounded. A character takes one risk that appears suicidal. Characters drink and smoke. Corona beer seems to be an especially obvious product placement, and giving someone a beer is a gesture of honor and acceptance. There is a same-sex kiss, some skanky behavior, and women appear in scanty clothing. There's a non-graphic but explicit sexual situation. Characters use very strong language, including the "N" word and other racial slurs. Viewers see some gross photographs of an injured man. Characters are in extreme peril, both in racing and in shoot-outs. Robbing and shooting are sympathetically portrayed, and Brian's ultimate decision is a serious betrayal.

  • Families can talk about the way that even outcasts create families, as where Dom presides over a barbecue dinner that is like a cover illustration from Tatooed Biker done by Norman Rockwell. They even say grace. They could also talk about the people who do not tell each other the truth, and those who make the decision to violate the law to make things easier for themselves.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Gangs mostly divide along racial lines, strong women characters but also many bimbos.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Chases, shoot-outs, characters injured and killed Charaters in peril

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexual references and brief sexual situation, bimbo behavior

  • language false3

    Language: Very strong language, including the n-word

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke