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Reviews: Rush (2013)

rushReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: E’ la sfida tra l’austriaco Niki Lauda e l’inglese James Hunt: il primo ricco, ripudiato dalla famiglia di imprenditori, scrupoloso, grande meccanico e pilota incapace di sconsideratezze; il secondo sfrontato playboy, ossessionato dalla vittoria, pronto ad ogni rischio in pista e fuori.
  • [New – 2/27/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: With nary a dull moment and featuring an exemplary butting of heads, it’s essentially Howard’s Frost/Nixon on wheels.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A start-to-finish winner by director Ron Howard about two race car drivers who start out as enemies and after many years find themselves in a place that neither of them could ever have imagined.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: But rather than being about the cars and the game, “Rush” is more about the personalities that dominated Formula One racing in the 1970s.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The action is like a pure shot of adrenaline, but there is also blood and oil and smoke when disaster strikes…
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …the first great movie of the fall…
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La película es emocionantísima, y lo único que lamentaba era que a mí no me gusta la Fórmula Uno (a los fans de ese deporte esta película les tiene que encantar).
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Both of these characters are poorly defined, notable only for their extremes.
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews
  • Sam Fragoso @ SF Bat
    • Excerpt: Where films like Frost/Nixon and Apollo 13 flourished in its detail and intimacy of history, Rush fails as a dull and rudimentary examination of the past.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: Director Ron Howard’s new film, RUSH, can be described as many different things–exhilarating, playful, testosterone-driven. But it can hardly be confused for being a riveting movie.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Exciting, exhilarating and enthralling, even for those who are not into automobile racing.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: The whole affair is more of a fun Sunday jaunt in the country than a Grand Prix event. But that’s good enough.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Rush is quite simply the greatest movie about auto racing ever made.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: Even if you don’t know a tail pipe from a tail feather, Rush will win you over with its brilliantly-staged action and deft attention to character detail.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: Rush will find your inner petrol head as you’re faced with the reality that there’s a knife’s edge between death and glory.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A thoroughly magnificent film on every level, with astonishing performances by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl; one of the very best films of 2013.
  • Dan Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: No knowledge of the sport is required to appreciate this tremendous piece of film-making, although a strong stomach for the testosterone governed weaknesses of souls possessing both an X and Y chromosome is advised.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: An exciting sports story with a likable mix of charisma, reverence, and speed.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: While it’s more of a good, solidly condensed version of a great movie, “Rush” is still a satisfying, supremely well-made and well-acted entertainment that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
  • Danny King @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Howard directs [this] in flat, easy strokes, each beat and punchline predictable well before they arrive.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: It’s debatable whether Ron Howard has ever been a great director. A master of his particular style perhaps, but never a master of the medium. Rush is another of these competent, journeyman efforts that pales in comparison to the work his contemporaries are doing. It isn’t close to his nadir and that has to account for something.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Ron Howard returns to make audiences feel the rush and intensity of Formula One racing. But how about the plot?
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It’s actually the rivalry aspect of the story that really makes Rush a winner, with their enjoyable jibes at each other whenever they cross paths out of their cars making for an entertaining, believable sense of competitiveness.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Rush out to see it…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: An authentic-feeling re-creation of the 1970s rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, Ron Howard’s Rush presents an engaging portrait of the dynamic between the two men – more so than the men themselves – that drove them over the edge, and ahead of the competition during the thrilling 1976 racing season.
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Como pode alguém que não gosta de F1 e se aborrece de tédio a ver sequer duas voltas, gostar de um filme sobre o tema? […] Ron Howard – que tal como eu não aprecia as corridas – aceitou o desafio e apresenta-nos “Rush”, o filme de Fórmula Um onde as carros são o que menos importa.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: For me, Howard’s films tend to be thoroughly average, and Rush inspires me to the ambivalent shrugs the average truly deserve.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Rush is a story with so much built-in speed and tension and conflict that it ought to take off like a Formula 1 racer at the cry of “Gentlemen, start your engines!” But it keeps stalling, spinning out, and lumbering in for pit stops.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Rush is one of director Ron Howard’s best films, and that’s saying something.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Ron Howard’s fast-paced portrait of one of Formula One’s fiercest rivalries is a hyper-compartmentalized affair. Everything in Peter Morgan’s too-tightly-knit script occurs as one more bubble of narrative information equal to the last.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Fitting, perhaps, that Rush has a script so obsessed with speed that it moves right past telling a fully developed story.
  • Thomas Spurlin @ ThomasSpurlin.com
  • Phil Villarreal @ coed.com
    • Excerpt: For starters, it’s a right-wing propaganda piece. Are we to seriously believe Rush Limbaugh was a scruffy German Formula 1 racer in the 1970s?
Updated: July 30, 2015 — 9:31 pm

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