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Speed Racer

action & adventure


Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    39%
  • Audience Score
    60%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Action-packed kids' film fun, with a few sputters.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Speed Racer is a fast-paced, visually kinetic car racing movie -- which is the first family-targeted movie from Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski -- seems tailor-made for kids under 12 who've been raised on video games and anime adventures. The central family sticks together, which is nice to see, and there's hardly any swearing or sexual content. But some of the fairly frequent fight scenes are quite vicious, with tons of bone-crunching noises and other sounds (though there's not that much in the way of blood). One beating fairly early in the story is somewhat brutal (and includes the threat of a hand getting eaten by piranhas) and could upset young children. The basic good-vs.-evil story will entertain kids, but it may leave older teens and adults -- especially those who love the original '60s animated series -- indifferent.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Speed Racer feels more like a live-action film or a cartoon. Why? What do you think the filmmakers wanted watching it to feel like?
  • If family members have seen the Matrix movies, you can talk about what they have in common with Speed Racer, if anything.
  • Families can also discuss how the movie portrays Speed's family. How does it compare to families in other movies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    39%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    60%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's an eyesore, a shambles, with incoherent action and ear-buckling dialogue.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: At the finish line Speed Racer comes across as an indulgent fantasy project for the Wachowskis.

- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

kind of boring in some places. this movie has some really cool effects and colors during the races. i liked it. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 stars

It was an okay movie, love the race but I dont really like the story cause it's way too Hollywood for me... to many useless dramatization.

- citawijaya, Sunday, May 9, 2010

3 stars

Well, I must say that this movie wasn't bad as everyone said before... Yes it is too colorful, and the first time I know it I feel a little dizzy... But after what I've seen for about 2 hours, hey it's not that bad!! I know the story not great, but the effects were truly amazing... And the racing thing, it's stunning... But why this movie flop in the box office run, it because of this movie is too colorful... Looks like The Wachowski Brothers wants to make an experiment on this movie, besides wants faithful to the manga version, but they don't learn from X-Men which is so colorful in the comic version, but they hit a big success when it goes to the movie with all the costumes becomes black... Yet, the world in this movie is too unrealistic, that's another reason why this movie didn't success... Also, the Wachowski brothers trifle the talent that Emile Hirsch have with this movie, and just forget the fact that Susan Sarandon is an Oscar winner, she just looks like nothing but a lovely mother in here, and it doesn't look like an acting... Overall, I have a lot of fun while watching this movie, but if the Wachowski Brothers would made it in more realistic version, and not too colorful like this, I bet this movie wouldn't stakes so many people's money...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Monday, March 23, 2009