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3/12/2008 by Todd McCarthyA gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed.
3/12/2008 by Reece PendletonWhile few of the paper-thin characters register long enough to make much of an impression, Diesel carries the movie with his unsettling mix of Zen-like tranquillity and barely controlled rage.
6/15/2006 by Scott TobiasReturning the series to solid ground after 2 Fast 2 Furious leaned too heavily on cartoonish CGI effects, Tokyo Drift relies on old-fashioned stunt work that gives its best sequences a sense of brute physicality.
1/26/2006It doesn't matter that we know where it's going, what counts is that Cohen keeps his pedal to the floor and that his actors gun their lines with absolute conviction. Loud cars, fast music: this movie knows exactly what it's about.
6/28/2001 by Owen GleibermanWorks hard to be exciting, but the movie scarcely lives up to its title.
6/26/2001 by Amy TaubinEven those who've never heard of 'rice rockets' (Japanese imports souped up with computerized hydraulics and customized engines) might be charmed by the film's blend of kineticism, car-culture rituals, and hilariously flat-footed dialogue.
6/26/2001 by Andrew O'HehirMay not have much of a brain, but it's definitely got a pulse.
6/22/2001 by Curt FieldsDiesel, Brewster and Rodriguez have undeniable charisma, while Walker is serviceable in his role.
6/22/2001 by Rita KempleyThe young and the restless with gas fumes.
6/22/2001 by Susan WloszczynaCohen ... at least knows how to keep matters moving and the action sequences exciting.
6/22/2001 by David EdelsteinThe narrative takes a gutless turn and replaces the central (and exciting) conflict with a whole different set of villains.
San Francisco Chronicle
6/22/2001 by Mick LaSalleIt's a formula movie, to be sure, but it's Formula One.
6/22/2001 by Peter TraversRob Cohen, who last directed The Skulls -- ouch! -- can consider this one another career-killing skid mark.
6/22/2001 by Jan StuartGuilt-free pleasure, the sort that wears its trashiness on its sleeve and exults in it.
New York Times
6/22/2001 by Elvis MitchellSuch a drag that it ends up doing something hard to imagine: it makes you long for the soulless professionalism of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
New York Post
6/22/2001 by Jonathan ForemanYes, the whole thing is pretty dumb, and every character and every situation is familiar from better movies.
Los Angeles Times
6/22/2001 by Kevin ThomasAn action picture that's surprising in the complexity of its key characters and portents of tragedy.
6/22/2001 by Bruce WestbrookThese gear-heads may spout car-talk like know-it-alls, but they sound no less nerdy than trivia-obsessed Trekkers.
6/22/2001 by Kirk HoneycuttHas B-movie grit, with sexy young actors, even sexier cars and the smarts to realize a teen movie will only work if you empathize with its characters.
6/22/2001 by Susan StarkThe disconcertingly but finally happy surprise of the picture comes with the way it persuades you to its perverse point of view.
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