The first reviews for the next Fast and the Furious movie, Fast X, are here, and they are not as universally positive as fans no doubt hoped as the series approaches the finish line.
Fast X marks the beginning of the end. In the tenth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Dominic Toretto finds himself facing a formidable adversary, Dante Reyes. Jason Momoa steps in as the big bad, a notorious drug lord whose criminal empire was disrupted by Dominic and his team in a daring heist in Rio de Janeiro. The events of that heist resulted in the loss of the Reyes family’s fortune, and Dante is consumed by a burning desire for revenge.
Fast X is written and directed by Dan Mazeau and Justin Lin, and directed by Louis Leterrier. The film’s sizable and formidable ensemble includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and Rita Moreno.
As of this writing, Fast X has an aggregate score of 59 on Metacritic, based on 43 critic reviews. Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the film again has 59% based on 95 reviews. These scores will shift as other outlets publish their takes, and since it isn’t out yet, there are no audience ratings available yet.
In GameSpot’s Fast X review, Phil Owens writes that the movie falls short in terms of quality, storytelling, and memorable moments, indicating a decline in the franchise’s once-successful formula. His review also notes that Fast X suffers from flawed execution, lackluster storytelling, and an excessive reliance on rehashed elements from previous films. The franchise could still redeem itself, as it apparently still has two more movies to go.
Below, you’ll see a selection of the many reviews of Fast X that have already been published.
- Directed By: Louis Leterrier
- Written By: Dan Mazeau and Justin Lin
- Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Brie Larson, Daniela Melchior, Alan Ritchson, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and Rita Moreno
- Premiere Date: May 19
GameSpot – 4/5
“In lieu of a decent story, Fast X is all about rehashing plot threads and set pieces from past movies… Fast X is an exhausting experience. Like Fate and F9, it’s overstuffed and is more concerned with fan service and growing the family than with telling a decent story. The action is just okay, and the CGI is frequently awful.” – Phil Owens [Full review]
Observer – 3.5/4
“Fast X is an outlandish movie. Literally nothing in this movie could really happen, but isn’t that why we watch films in the first place? The imagined world of the Fast & Furious saga is exciting and that’s enough. Are there too many characters now? Yes. Do you always know what’s going on? No. But you’ll laugh, you’ll cheer and you’ll feel, for a few hours, like part of a family.” – Emily Zemler [Full review]
Associated Press – 3/4
“With a foot in the past, one in the future and one on the gas, Fast X is pure popcorn lunacy. Was that too many feet? Oh, excuse us, you wanted logic? ” – Mark Kennedy [Full review]
The Guardian – 3/5
“Vin Diesel et al return for an overstuffed Fast and Furious chapter that delivers giddily effective action but an outsized and silly villain.” – Scott Tobias [Full review]
Los Angeles Times – 60
“Leterrier and Momoa bring an energy and excitement to Fast X that juices the engine to deliver the goods that fans want. But the jumbled lore and odd treatment of characters may leave audiences with more questions than answers, and wondering whether the franchise is running on fumes.” – Katie Walsh [Full review]
ScreenCrush – 30
“Walker’s presence in the Fast movies was the sweet, underplayed counterbalance to Vin Diesel’s ultra-sincere, ultra-sleeveless bombast, and the franchise still hasn’t found a way to fill the void he left behind. In hindsight, the series probably should have stopped after Furious 7, which not only marked the franchise’s farewell to Walker’s character but also to any semblance of logic or cohesion in its ongoing mega-narrative. Since then, Fast & Furious has basically been running on fumes. ” – Matt Singer [Full review]
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