Premium Rush earns its place as end-of-the-summer escapism, but I can't say that it's more than a well-done formula flick.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Stuffed with zingers and zippy stunts, it comes with pretty young things of all hues and hair types - few prettier than its lead, Joseph Gordon-Levitt - and start-to-finish clever special effects, none more clever or special than Michael Shannon.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
The contrived tale is filled with plot holes, but the story takes a back seat to the chase-filled, daredevil action.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Breezy and entertaining, if imperfect ...
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
"Premium Rush" has a lot of energy - too much, it's kind of exhausting. It also has a lot of trickiness.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
I do have an abiding fondness for compact and coherent action movies, and this is surely one.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Cruising the streets of Manhattan, clocking in at a tight 90 minutes and set on a bike without brakes, this loose-limbed action-drama is a swift, sweaty ode to the city's subcultures and a punky descendant of '70s B-movies.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Premium Rush isn't mindless mayhem, a thriller for teenage boys bursting with hormonal bloodlust. Koepp's film has a brain...
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The whole film sizzles with urban aggression.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
I'm very weary of routine chase movies. There's nothing routine about "Premium Rush."
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
"Premium Rush" is great fun - nimble, quick, the thinking person's mindless entertainment.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The cycling action is fun, and there's a lot of pop mythology about the tao of bike messengers, though the latter sounds as if it were written by someone who pays for rush service, not someone who provides it.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Premium Rush can't decide if it's a serious, ticking-clock thriller or an antic, stunt-driven cartoon.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The skeleton of "Premium Rush" is as old as the movies: a chase. It's how the skeleton is fleshed out that makes the movie such loopy, crazed, dangerous fun.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
No brakes indeed.
Tom Long - Detroit News
For those who found "Speed" too thoughtful, there's "Premium Rush," the new king of brainless chase flicks (at least until Razor scooters finances its first feature film).
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The lovably ridiculous bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush is a welcome throwback.
Andrew Barker - Variety
This is supposed to be a life-and-death chase movie, not two friends messing around.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Sit back and enjoy it as a summer jolt of pure adrenaline.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It has a few marvelous tricks up its sleeve with extra doses of zoom-zoom.
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
Undeniably, the word "action" does apply, but only as it falls between "class" and "suit."
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The movie speeds along crisply, providing just enough exposition to lend a few pounds of emotional weight without bogging down the breakneck pace.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Premium Rush supplies just enough dramatic rationale to set a series of Manhattan bike chases in motion and then follows without pretending it cares much about anything beyond the adrenaline.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
It's Shannon who doesn't just steal the film, he towers over it.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
So appealing is Gordon-Levitt that, for great stretches of his new movie, I suspended my disapproval of his character and just went with the nonstop flow.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Hollywood has been trying to pull off the bike messenger as action hero since 1986's Quicksilver with Kevin Bacon. You have to hand it to Premium Rush, which has the kinetic whoosh to keep you spinning.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
[It] actually doesn't sound like it would work at all as a tightly wound slice of street action, but it does, and in radically fresh ways.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
It's a tight little thriller, briskly told. And I'm already having a hard time remembering anything else about It.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Satisfying on a basic, fun level, but also stylishly produced and not insulting to the viewer's intelligence.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The movie, idiotic as it is, has its charms, thanks in large part to its two main actors.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Gordon-Levitt proves he's the best actor on two wheels, pedaling furiously to save a grueling ride from becoming more tiresome.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Joseph Gordon-Levitt' fixed-wheel bike has a single gear and no brakes, and you could say the same of director David Koepp's film, which is light on character and plot. But, even on two wheels, the action is fast and furious.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Want more from a late-summer joyride than slides, wheelies and bunny hops? Get a load of Shannon, dementedly inspired, trying out an oddball accent and Richard Widmark giggle.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
Gordon-Levitt is, as usual, a likeable hero, though he's underused in a film that's plainly more interested in kinetics than drama.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Just a few spokes short of a wheel, guys.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
An unpretentious throwback to the kind of action movie that had no need of superheroes, Premium Rush is hardly a classic but fun up to a point.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
A fun chase film starring the likable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with a deliciously over-the-top performance by Michael Shannon as a villainous crooked cop, and some X Games-worthy bike stunts.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.
The kind of low-expectation late-summer film that can all too often fall under the radar but delivers more honestly and forcefully than most of its warm-weather predecessors.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
I expected "Premium Rush" would be an exciting film, but I didn't think it would be so much fun to watch. It has plenty of thrills, laughs and a plot that is more complicated and interesting than I thought it would be.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Maybe the plot's a little thin, but this is end of summer escapism at its best and it guarantees you'll never look at a biker in NYC the same way again.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Eye-popping practical bike work should provide interested viewers with a middle-of-the-road rush that's a bit short of 'premium.'
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
... a lightning-paced, hyper-adrenalized entertainment.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
There is also a romance and scenes of what may or may not be human trafficking but unless the action is happening on the back of a Schwinn it pretty much is only hinted at on screen.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Even though we see more of New York at street level than you'd ever expect in one thriller, this film is hit by one puncture after another.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
This is about the bike, the road and the compulsion to go, go, go.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an immensely likable hero and the stunt work is astonishing.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The film is one snappy, fast-paced chase through the streets of Manhattan. Never mind the logic, feel the breeze.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
A least one reviewer cycled home from the screening in a state of uncharacteristic nervousness.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
[A] slyly structured, pseudo-real-time carnival ride ripples with undercurrents of moral complexity... Joseph Gordon-Levitt... is effortlessly cool and engaging onscreen, always.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The chases are well done and Gordon-Levitt is a solid lead but the film gives him little to do other than ride.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
A VHS classic from another age, but times have changed.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Simple but fun.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Fast, furious and infuriating.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
For all its attempts at originality, Premium Rush is, at its heart, generic
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
A few twiddly Google Maps inserts aside, David Koepp's film is low on kinetic energy.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Enjoyable, fast-paced thriller that makes up for its plot deficiencies with sheer adrenaline and a pair of superb performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
We just laugh at every ridiculous twist and turn. But it's shot with real energy, putting us right on bicycles speeding dangerously through the New York traffic
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Mount up...and get on it.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Cath Clarke - Time Out
A satisfying piece of head-rush cinema that should leave viewers feeling exhilarated.
Rob Carnevale - The List
A movie that while thin and silly, moves with such joyous speed that you almost want to throw your arms in the air and scream.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
Michael Shannon gives his run-of-the-mill dialogue an unusually campy kick and singlehandedly keeps Premium Rush entertaining when it could have been routine.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Try to picture a combo of Run Lola Run and The Bicycle Thief that plays out in Chinatown and is more exciting than the car chase in The French Connection.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The better-than-average feel is perpetuated by Gordon-Levitt's remarkably (yet expectedly) charismatic performance...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
JGL's enjoyment in his job adds welcome levels of Levitt-y.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Wafer-thin characters aside, Premium Rush delivers thanks to Michael Shannon's unhinged villain.
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
Rush Peddles to Satisfying Thrills
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
It is pretty exciting to see the race scenes happen through a camera on a bike speeding through the streets of New York. Plus Shannon gives a distinct portrayal of a bad guy.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The latest from Koepp & Co. is one of the summer's wildest, most inventive rides; a lovably loopy adrenaline fest that definitely delivers.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Someone should have heeded the "brakes are death" creed of Gordon-Levitt's messenger and slammed them on while this was still a script.
Nick Johnston - Boston Phoenix
... the kamikaze cyclist's wet dream and the best action movie of the summer, a fun fusion of humor, suspense and pure adrenaline ... Hitchcock meets 'Breaking Away,' anyone?
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Initially diverting and thrilling, but with diminishing returns. It's excessively inane and cartoonish. Not enough pleasure to call it a guilty pleasure.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
New York bicycle couriers lead such dangerous lives that it seems it would be possible to make a thrilling movie about them without having conventional villains or plots.
Dan Lybarger - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It moves like a bullet, has some effective chase sequences, and gives you Michael Shannon as one of the year's most memorable bad guys.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's the kinetic energy Koepp injects into the premise that overshadows the predictable plotting and pushes your pulse into the danger zone.
Chris Stuckmann - Moviedex
It never gels and one of the biggest problems is the lack of a consistent tone.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
the powers that be perfectly understand that they are making an evening's diversion, not an artistic statement, which in itself may be a perfectly valid artistic statement
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Techs, especially for the fast-paced chases, are pretty slick and hold your eye. After a while though, it all gets repetitive.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
director David Koepp ("Stir of Echoes") has orchestrated many thrilling sequences of bicyclists dodging and weaving through the real life traffic of Manhattan
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Gordon-Levitt, fresh off his pivotal role in "The Dark Knight Rises," is an engaging leading man - tough and plucky, but also charming and accessible.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
There is virtually nothing original about the premise of Premium Rush, but its execution is immensely entertaining.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
A Tour de Gridlock unfolding at a breakneck pace that doesn't give you a chance to pause to consider whether what you're watching is even credible.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Shannon should have made Roscoe P. Coltrane noises the whole time.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
A silly, race-against-time thriller, filled with impressive chase scenes and stunt work on a bike without brakes.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A movie built around a bicycle messenger is a risky venture -- as an adrenaline-pumper, it sounds about as promising as Driving Miss Daisy -- but writer-director David Koepp invests in our need for speed right from the first frame.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I don't know how a film this entertaining and expertly-made can show up the last week of summer, but I'm not complaining.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Popcorn gets stuck in the bubblegum of director/co-writer David Koepp's teenybopper crowd-pleaser.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The simple, utterly satisfying Premium Rush delivers just what the title promises.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
In many ways a live-action Road Runner cartoon... The other influence is Howard Hawks, in particular 'Only Angels Have Wings'...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Feel this 'Rush.'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
...lacking characters to care about and with only the whisper of a story, 91 minutes of people riding bicycles at high speed through traffic-laden New York City isn't enough.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The 'premium' of Koepp's film is the frenetic pace while the 'rush' stems largely from ignoring the transpiring events and savouring the ride.
S. James Wegg - JWR
Sometimes, what makes a movie a good one is not the story so much as how that story is told.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
(I)n the capable hands of David Koepp, we see how a simple premise can be parlayed into entertaining, escapist late Summer fun.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It's the purest adrenaline rush you could have from the comfort of a movie theater.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
A near-miss. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and especially Michael Shannon give it their all, but they can't overcome the patch-work script.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Rarely delivers on its title's promise of high-class excitement.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Koepp the director considers speed and economy, choosing the shortest and cleverest routes to take his story to the finish line.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Las Vegas Weekly
Overall it will make a fun evening out, but don't expect greatness out of this race to the finish.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
This is simply a chase flick and the filmmakers do a decent job staging and executing those scenes, even if not all of them are as thrilling as they should be to carry a pic like this. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Premium Rush looks and feels like a lightweight movie, because it is. But it's an unusually well-made one.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
As a tribute to an unheralded profession, the movie has some potential. As a thriller, it hits the skids pretty quickly.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
"Premium Rush" is a rather routine thriller that's got two things going for it: the ticking of a clock and the clickety-click of bicycle wheels.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
What we're left with are bicycles scooting around Manhattan and some mildly diverting stunt work...
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Premium Rush is little more than a 90-minute chase scene, but it's an often exhilarating ride thanks to adrenalin-triggering visuals.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
It earns its hour-and-a-half of thrills honestly, with good solid storytelling and filmmaking. It's amazing how rare that is these days.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Premium Rush" is both the title of this movie and its clever if less than subtle promise to summer audiences -- which it mostly delivers ...
Frank Lovece - Newsday
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon face off in a 90-minute chase layered with flashbacks that cleverly fill in the details with Pulp Fiction-esque precision.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
If it didn't star the universally beloved Gordon-Levitt, "Premium Rush" would quietly fall in the category of late-summer time killer for teenagers.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
While Michael Shannon's performance is hilarious for every reason it shouldn't be, Joseph Gordon-Levitt disappoints for one of the first (and hopefully last) moments of his career. "Premium Rush" just feels sloppy and unsatisfying.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
It finds joy in the little details: the sharp dialogue, the crackerjack chases, the constant yellow CG lines covering Wilee's routes away from (or all too often straight into) danger.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Throwing "premium" into the title may be overselling such a trifling entertainment. But for the cinematically discounted days of late summer, it's a perfectly diverting little ride.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
While the premise is a bit idiotic, and at a brisk 90 minutes, 'Premium Rush' delivers the best ride due to Gordon-Levitt and Shannon's hilarious and appealing performances.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
The whole thing is nearly brought to its knees by David Sardy's abominable score. It's amongst the most generic electronica-ish tripe ever splattered across a film and it's incessant.
Erick Weber - NECN
It's a good thing that adrenaline tends to short-circuit logical thinking; the plot is mostly nonsensical, but you'll be too thrilled by the literal twists and turns to care much.
Like the lithe and maligned carriers weaving their way through Big Apple traffic, "Premium Rush" is a thin, brash, sinewy thing built entirely for speed.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Premium Rush is a half-entertaining, half-exasperating movie - one that sells you on the notion of New York bike messengers as great fodder for cinema but then doesn't know how to build a feature around them.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Not so much a movie as an exercise in cinematic adrenaline, but so long as it sticks to the pavement and avoids trying to humanize its clockwork characters, [it's] dumb fun.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Suitable to the medium of film (and last days of summer), this unabashedly simplistic but ultra-dynamic and kinetic flick, set on bikes in the mean streets of Manhattan, offers pleasure; the late Tony Scott would have loved to make it.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The script is terrible and the greatMichael Shannon is forced to sound like a 1930's gangster: "Hey what's the big idea!" and he's so over the top and it sucks you out of it.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Rarely has a movie been so well served by its superficiality; Premium Rush proves how invigorating genre filmmaking can be in the hands of a savvy, perpetually inventive director.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
This will take you over when you're watching it, there's some cool tricks that suck you in, but after you start thinking about it, you realize that it's nowhere near as good as you thought it was while you were watching it.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Could have cast Bow Wow and Ray Liotta and delivered its package, generically and according to protocol. Thankfully, this snappy little action flick prefers to zig and zag.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Koepp doesn't trust the basics of the hunt, bending over backwards to paste a soul on a simplistic machine of suspense.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Koepp wants to capture the immediacy of bike messengers zipping through hostile territory, but Premium Rush has an arcade elasticity that's a few stops removed from reality.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Premium Rush is just a fun ride.
Bob Mondello - NPR
A surprising jolt to the system, driven by a great villainous turn by Michael Shannon.
A chase is an inherently exciting event that movies can capture better than any other medium. David Koepp's Premium Rush is an exhilarating chase.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Premium Rush quickly kicks off its extended action set piece and never lets up.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
A refreshingly simple stunt-packed, low-budget action movie.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
"Premium Rush" may be one of the coolest dumb movie ever.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Experience a bike messenger's view of Manhattan with Premium Rush, where racing through an intersection becomes a death-defying puzzle. Realistic stunts help compensate for plot holes and weak characterization.
Sarah Sluis - Film Journal International
The story appears formulaic at first but gets increasingly twisty as the movie progresses - though not always in a good way.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
There's a lot of footage of people riding bikes with determined looks on their faces. Sorry, it's just not that exciting.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The plot is as layered and complex as a TV ad for detergent.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Think of it as a motocross event blended with "Bullitt."
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It continually spins its wheels or even goes in reverse, backtracking to previous points to load new information.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This is empty-calorie stuff, but sometimes empty calories are the most enjoyable calories -- and Premium Rush, like Gordon-Levitt's bike-messenger character, delivers.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
High-octane action sustains thin plot in teen-friendly film.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
A snappy, fast-paced thriller that provides a genuine rush to close out the summer. Even if you prefer four wheels over two, you're in for a pulse-pounding time.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
Bike messengers - and moviegoers - deserve better.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The nonstop action and physicality is like watching a two-wheel parkour workout video.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May be my favorite New York movie since Raimi's 'Spider-Man'.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The action is neither cathartic nor supremely exhilarating. Bullitt on a bike this film is not.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Premium Rush is like Kim Kardashian, it looks pretty, but you wouldn't want to marry it.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
An action lover's wet dream, with enough character and self-aware intelligence to forgive the rampant silliness at play.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Director and co-writer David Koepp, like his hero, pares everything down to the essentials, and that means removing the brakes.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Add neon and spandex and you might think of 'Tron'
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Premium Rush simply cannot recover from the pace-deflating expository flashbacks.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Silly stuff, but for an end-of-summer matinee you could do a whole lot worse - and, by this point of the summer, probably have.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The cinematic equivalent of a theme park ridefun in the moment, inconsequential in the long run, and over in a blink.
Like a bike wheel, the film reflects an ever-spinning cycle of scenes that race forward and then, just as quickly, pedal back in time. A riveting action, um, spiller, with Shannon as a bad cop who couldn't be better.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle