(2012)

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Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
You're looking for depth and profundity, this is the wrong movie. But under the direction of David Koepp ("Secret Window," the screenplays for "Mission: Impossible" and "Spider-Man"), this is an expert and spellbinding adventure.
88
Premium Rush is great fun - nimble, quick, the thinking person's mindless entertainment.
83
He's Premium Rush's villain, but Shannon doesn't attempt anything like the austere derangement of a Hans Gruber type, even though he specializes in playing terrifying nutjobs. Instead, he's a buffoon of the first order, and his hapless tomfoolery sets the tone for a light, fast, frequently hilarious 90 minutes.
75
Slant Magazine
Proves how invigorating genre filmmaking can be in the hands of a savvy, perpetually inventive director.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A quick pace and always-enjoyable lead Joseph Gordon-Levitt will please moviegoers, even if the picture's ticking-clock approach isn't as invigoratingly pulpy here as in the Koepp-penned "Snake Eyes" and "Panic Room."
70
So appealing is Gordon-Levitt that, for great stretches of his new movie, I suspended my disapproval of his character and just went with the nonstop flow. He almost persuaded me that the film is, if not a premium rush, then an economy high.
70
Variety
The lovably ridiculous bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush is a welcome throwback.
65
Premium Rush is a half-entertaining, half-exasperating movie.
60
Boxoffice Magazine
Premium Rush has a rewarding relentlessness and a payoff that suggests that whirring city that surrounds us in is full of supporters who see past the system.
40
The action is neither cathartic nor supremely exhilarating. "Bullitt" on a bike this film is not.

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