Universal Pictures released their new action film, “Fast And Furious 7” (Furious 7) into theaters today, and all the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that it resonated pretty well with most of them, getting an overall 66 score out of a possible 100 across 38 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, and Lucas Black. We’ve posted blurbs from a couple of the critics, below.
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a great 88 score, stating: “Furious 7 is the best F&F by far, two hours of pure pow fueled by dedication and passionate heart.”
Betsy Sharkey from the Los Angeles Times, gave it an 80 score, stating: “Furious 7 is the fuel-injected fusion of all that is and ever has been good in “The Fast and the Furious” saga.”
Jacob Hall over at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 score, stating: “Furious 7 never even pretends to be a stand-alone movie. This is a fan event through and through, filled with references, inside jokes and a loyalty to continuity that may baffle newcomers.”
Alonso Durade from TheWrap, gave it an 80 grade as well. He stated: “If incoming director James Wan (“The Conjuring,” “Saw”) falls the tiniest bit short of what Justin Lin brought to the third, fifth and sixth entries, Furious 7 nonetheless ranks a very successful fourth place overall, with at least one gargantuan set piece that ranks among the series’ finest.”
Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Finally, a movie with at least some coherence despite its sadly challenging circumstances.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 score, stating: “It’s roughly as realistic as Georges Melies’ “A Trip to the Moon,” of course. But revisiting our old pals (one of whom is played by an actor who is no longer with us) and watching them survive one unsurvivable collision or plunge after another, continues against the odds to have a walloping charm all its own.”
Chris Nashawaty over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score. He said: “No one forks over 10 bucks to see one of these flicks for its logic. We go for the bananas demolition-derby mayhem. Furious 7 delivers that with the direct visceral rush of an EpiPen.”
Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Furious 7 offers edge-of-the-seat excitement with outlandish action sequences, inventive stunts, hilarious cartoonish moments and even some touching emotion.”
Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75 grade. He stated: “This is one of the most ridiculous thrillers I’ve ever seen, and yet even with a running time that stretched well beyond two hours, with so many repetitive moments I almost began to wonder if I had missed something and the movie had started again, I have to admit I was entertained by the sheer audacity of the car chases and battle sequences — and there were even some genuinely touching moments.”
A.O. Scott over at the The New York Times, gave it a 70 grade, saying: “There will no doubt be better movies released in 2015, but Furious 7 is an early favorite to win the prize for most picture.”
Scott Foundas at Variety, gave it a 70 score saying: ” Furious 7 provides both a satisfying chapter in the movies’ preeminent gearhead soap opera and a tactful, touching memorial to Walker.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 60 score. He said: “In the wake of Walker’s death, it constitutes a farewell of fitting elegance.”
John DeFore over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 grade, stating: “A film that (whatever massive efforts were required to work around [Paul Walker’s] absence) is as stupendously stupid and stupidly diverting as it could have hoped to be had everything gone as planned.”
Sara Stewart over at the New York Post, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Despite James Wan’s capable direction and very game cast, the whole thing goes increasingly wobbly like a bad axle, until it’s just a tangle of metal and bullets and yelling.”
Finally, Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a pretty awful 25 score, saying: “The action comes so fast and furious in Furious 7 that, for all the explosions and overturned cars and missiles fired on downtown Los Angeles, it becomes a dull muddle.
Here and there, we get the imaginative and outrageous stunts this series is famous for, but mostly the movie plods along, muscling through without much life or spirit.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.