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Rush

8/10
Biography . Action . Drama
 

A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.

 
Actors: Stephen Mangan , David Calder , Pierfrancesco Favino , Tom Wlaschiha , Christian McKay , Natalie Dormer , Alexandra Maria Lara , Olivia Wilde , Chris Hemsworth , Daniel Brühl
Directors: Ron Howard
Country: UK , GERMANY , USA
Release: 2013-09-27
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  • Richard Roeper

    Rush ranks among the best movies about auto racing ever made, featuring two great performances from the leads, who capture not only the physical look of the racing legends they’re playing, but the vastly different character traits that made their rivalry, well, made for the movies.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The movie's finest performance is Daniel Bruhl's unapologetic bluntness as Lauda, and his subtle conveyance of jealousy the driver — whose resemblance to a rat is often noted — must have felt about Hunt's popularity and handsomeness.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Brilliantly captures the exhilaration that comes from facing death head-on. It's also an ode to joyous rivalry.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year’s most compelling performances.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Mottram

    Utterly gripping. Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard’s race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Howard, whose first job as a director was the 1977 Roger Corman-produced “Grand Theft Auto,” has captured what is surely the greatest racing footage ever shot.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Howard doesn’t just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver’s head.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's both a perceptive dual character study and, that rarity of rarities, a large-scale action movie for grown-ups, one worth leaving the house for.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Rush, which marks a return to form (and more so) for Howard after plodding through adultery buddy movie comedies (The Dilemma) and Dan Brown sequeldom (Angels & Demons), is almost primal.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    In a way, Howard has made a philosophical drama about the way men move through the world. It’s just a really, really fast drama.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A fine and fun film tribute to the milieu, the men, women and machines in a sport that was never deadlier or more glamorous than its Disco Decade incarnation.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's Morgan's core script, full of humor, heartache and verbal fireworks, that lifts Rush above the "Fast & Furious" herd.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    Rush is one of those rare sports movies that’s compelling as both a drama and a spectacle.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Joel Arnold

    A swift-moving, character-rich biopic whose kinetic Grand Prix sequences are constantly being overshadowed by genuinely riveting scenes of ... people talking.

    NPR Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Rush is a pretty thrilling piece of pop entertainment. It's excitingly assembled and moves like a bullet, highly engaging and nerve-wracking when it needs to be and light on its feet elsewhere.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Rush is just that -- a rush, and a film that is sure to get audiences' engines going.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is tremendously exciting cinema – shot by the boundary-pushing Anthony Dod Mantle – as well as old-school escapist drama with ample eye candy for viewers of all persuasions.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Rush satisfies our lust for both grand character combat and deadly gearhead spectacle.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Rush is fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    What Rush has to offer is a great human drama, two dangerously talented men pushing each other to risky victory and a superb script, delivered with some mastery by Hemsworth and Brühl.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    It rarely deviates from formula, but Rush wins big, delivering the most exciting F1 footage created for film. Like Hunt, it is sexy, funny, full of thrills. Like Lauda, it is intelligent, a bit blunt, but ultimately touching.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl excel as, respectively, British wild man and hedonist James Hunt and Austrian by-the-books tactician Niki Lauda.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Gritten

    Rush has sex, glamour, a fair degree of wit and a breathless, pedal-to-the-metal spirit. But its greatest achievement may be to underline that there are real men, all vulnerable flesh and blood, inside those infernal machines.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Rush, though it will win no trophies, is fine filmmaking, a smart, visually engorged, frequently thrilling tale of boyish competition — inspired by a true story. At heart it’s “Amadeus” on wheels, only this time Salieri is the Austrian.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The result is a solid film, but one that remains more interesting than intense.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Howard directs Rush with speed and jangly, jarring verve, bringing the races themselves to white-knuckled life and allowing the men’s stories to play out with only slightly predictable reversals, upsets and, inevitably, those hard lessons learned.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The ego trips and sexuality and driving are all filmed with equal intensity, to the point where the emotions and flesh and crunched metal seem to blend together. The movie's only major problem is that the tension sometimes overwhelms.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Formula One fans who remember 1976 will no doubt delight in the film but, for those who (like me) were more interested in other things during the year of America's bicentennial, it's not only a good lesson in sports history but an entertaining two hours to spend in a theater.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Rush is the kind of Hollywood studio production that has sadly become all too rare — a smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show without ever insulting your intelligence.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Rush hits a few potholes, but in the end it reveals the psyches of two men who only feel alive when they're cheating death.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Though one enjoys and appreciates Rush for what it is, it does not thrill the blood the way we have the right to expect a film like this to do.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Howard and Morgan make the journey intense enough to keep audiences guessing up to the finish line.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Rush, a film about two real-life titans of Formula One racing in the Seventies, splits its narrative between these oil-and-water personalities, which feels about right: It's only half of a good movie.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Rush isn’t bad, exactly, but it’s like a standard-issue male action programmer that somehow crept in from an earlier era.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Rush, in other words, is a foursquare sportsmanship movie, offering little in the way of surprises but plenty of earnest, satisfying thrills.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dave McGinn

    The problem with car-racing movies, though, is that they are car-racing movies. Has any director found a way to spare audiences the eventual tedium of watching automobiles go around and around a track and instead capture the thrill of the sport?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's big, brash and dramatically it goes in circles. The first two may be enough for most people, especially if they're into Formula One racing, to overlook the third.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Howard, whose previous tales of men in professional peril include the topnotch “Apollo 13” as well as “Backdraft” and “Cinderella Man,” works with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle to create a style in the racing scenes that makes the most of every angle. By the time the final lap of Rush starts, we’re up for the ride.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    I might have tolerated the film much more with the sound off. With the volume on, this movie feels like a mucho-macho Saturday morning cartoon—specifically Bugs Bunny toying with his eternal pursuer, Elmer Fudd.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • John Anderson

    For all its immersion in the roar, grease and danger of Formula One, the fact-based Rush — about the sport's great rivalry of the 1970s — is also more predictable than a pit stop, something well-suited to Mr. Howard. He's made perfectly palatable pictures, but never a truly great one, partly because he has such a weakness for the commercial and a consequent gift for the obvious.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The movie leans on symbolic imagery that’s alternately tired and ridiculous: Hunt’s impatiently flicked cigarette lighter (yes, he’s a candle waiting to be lit) or a black-widow spider crawling up the stands of one particularly dangerous course. These are classic frenemies; their tale deserves more gas in the tank.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Ron Howard's by-the-seat-of-your-pants aesthetic makes the slower, darker sequences feel hurried and bland, especially when stacked up next to the racing sequences.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Still, it is a writer's privilege to trim and tailor at will, and everybody loves a duel. It would take the dullest of curmudgeons not to enjoy the surge of this saga, accurate or not, and the excesses of what already feels like a distant age. [30 Sept. 2013, p.84]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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