(1994)

Critic Reviews

78

Metascore

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100
We've seen this done before, but seldom so well, or at such a high pitch of energy.
100
Entertainment Weekly
The film takes off from formula elements-it's yet another variation on "Die Hard"-but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.
100
The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy-the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear."
90
Los Angeles Times
De Bont and his team have turned in a visually sophisticated piece of mayhem that makes the implausible plausible and keeps the thrills coming. [10Jun1994 Pg. F1]
88
If you're looking for action movie heaven, try Speed, a crackling blend of suspense and fun that gives you the rush of a runaway roller coaster.
88
Acclaimed cinematographer Jan De Bont's directing debut is a mindless, implausible, and thoroughly gripping adventure movie.
88
ReelViews
It's an ingenious premise that first-time director Jan De Bont has turned into a tremendously well-executed motion picture.
80
Empire
There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
De Bont knows how to edit a pulse-pounding sequence, he knows how to keep the screen white-hot, and he sure knows how to blow things up real good. What he doesn't know is how to slow down - this premise is perfect for him.
67
In a film like this, timing is everything, and everyone from the stunt coordinators to the crew-at-large seems to have gotten it right the first time.
63
USA Today
Crisp craftsmanship has fashioned a great day at the movies from the worst day of Ralph Kramden's life. [10 Jun 1994 Pg. 01.D]

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