The third movie in the Bad News Bears series, a notable turkey, went to Japan. That trip spells certain doom for the Fast and the Furious franchise as well.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
A number of questions spring to mind when considering The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Can the movies possibly get any faster or more furious? What exactly is the Tokyo Drift? And does Al Gore know what we can do to stop it?
Nathan Lee - New York Times
The only Drift you'll experience is the one towards sleep.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The cars only flirt with destruction. And the movie only flirts with entertainment.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Tokyo Drift is a subculture in search of a compelling story line, and Black's leaden performance makes you pine for the days of Paul Walker.
Matt Singer - Village Voice
The kind of movie in which plot and performances (and members of the fairer sex) are treated as accessories, Tokyo Drift is all about the action. And on that count, it won't let you down.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
To call it a great film would be to oversell it, but as a fun, fascinating work of kinetic art, a 100-minute visual spectacle, it's a knockout.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
It delivers all the races and crashes you could possibly desire, and a little more.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
For all its crashes and flash, this is a movie that drifts away as we watch it. Muscle cars and all, it's often a waste of gas.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Despite all the silliness the drift races are gripping, and director Justin Lin captures Tokyo's energy and glitter far better than Sofia Coppola.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
OK, they squeezed one more lap out of this franchise. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to shut things down. If you get my drift.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Going to Japan for this movie was a smart move by the filmmakers. Not only does it provide new backdrops for the races, but the F&F movies (as their fans call them) have drawn a huge international fan base.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A crazy-cool screech of a movie, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a complete gas, a mad cross-cultural twist on a near-forgotten film genre that keeps your eyes glued to the screen.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow) goes back to basics, back to what everyone liked about the original, namely mindless car-racing fun.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
You've seen it all before, except that you haven't, not quite this way.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
The movie teaches us that you can flip your car down a mountain 15 times and walk away from it with two Tylenol.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
This is an exceptionally stupid and irresponsible movie on some levels. But it does score points for style and exotic location.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is vile, moronic, sexist and possibly harmful to society. As vile, moronic, sexist and possibly harmful entertainments go, however, it is frequently a hoot.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Anyone who still longs to see gaijin yahoos tear up Tokyo's streets will be appeased by the high-speed action in this perfunctory but reasonably efficient entry in the franchise spawned by the 2001 surprise hit The Fast and the Furious.
Jason Anderson - Globe and Mail
The problem with contemporary Hollywood isn't that so many of the movies it's churning out are based on formula; it's that so many directors take perfectly good formulas and wreck them with bad filmmaking.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Aside from trying my patience, the film offered one important lesson: never again attend a movie with the words 'fast' and 'furious' both in the title.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
So what if the movie dumbs down Japanese culture to a bad yakuza movie and features Japanese characters who can barely speak Japanese? The cars are the stars here. Everything else is lost in translation.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The thin story and thinner characters are just setups for the race sequences, which are punctuated by lavish parties where lithe women seem to outnumber the guys by a 5-to-1 ratio.
David Germain - Associated Press
Look out for a star cameo -- it's the only surprise you'll get from this heap.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Best viewed as an energetic cartoon, an unintentionally amusing, head-shaking guilty pleasure that will divert those not in the mood for anything more profound than gleaming metal and preening women.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A neon-lit western where the steeds are cast in steel and the drifter's gunfight for the town and the girl is fought on four wheels; it's a movie proudly committed to noise, colour and motion.
Luke Goodsell - Empire Magazine Australasia
A perfunctory and unintentionally goofy attempt to keep the series running without its stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Gary Dowell - Baltimore City Paper
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
It reaches a level of mediocrity that leaves the previous entries in the dust ....
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
...the movie's striking setting and compelling lead performance ensure that it remains a slight cut above its immediate predecessor.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Just remember that the hot rods burning rubber are the real stars of this spectacular, high-octane tribute to testosterone.
Kam Williams - Upstage Magazine
The third entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise burrows culture shock in dishonesty.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The third time around for The Fast and the Furious finds the franchise spinning its tires.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
A nod to the old "new kid in town" formula film... it's better than you might expect.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
This piece of junk is so bad that even Paul Walker turned it down.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
In Stunt Drivers Gone Wild 3, the plot stays the same although the style of driving differs slightly.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Lin's enjoyably stupid action flick keeps the thrills coming thick and, er, fast.
Neil Smith - BBC
It's a weak sequel, to a weak series.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
I found myself responding to its fenderheaded foolishness... and I suspect that those of you with a healthy taste for the absurd may find themselves reacting in the same way.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Unlike its two previous incarnations though, this one doesn't necessarily have to be seen on the big screen, as its story is lacking quite some, and its stars, second-rate.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Another vapid actioner involving smoking wheels and women...Tokyo Drift doesn't burn its rubber very convincingly.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Both exhilarating and laughable -- a noisy neon mash-up of 'Blade Runner' and 'Eat My Dust.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
True, it tries to be tongue-in-cheek, but really it's just cheek.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Too much action, not enough talk
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
I don't know about you, but I stopped playing with my cars when I was 10 and you never escape the feeling that the characters in this knackered Nissan of a film have never grown out of messing around with their brrm-brrms.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The racing sequences are the series' meat and potatoes, but in terms of story, Tokyo Drift barely offers a stalk of asparagus.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
A meathead movie with no subtext at all.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Sure, the story is pretty predictable and farfetched but that's not why you're seeing this. It's all about the drift, baby!
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
...the kind of endearingly crappy guilty pleasure that'll go down a lot easier a couple months from now on late-night cable, preferably accompanied by a six-pack and cheap pizza.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
You already know from the ads whether this show is just your speed.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Perhaps the most glaring drawback to Tokyo Drift is the filmmakers' cynical belief that their audiences don't deserve any better.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
The whole thing is preposterous. The acting is so awful, some of the worst performances I've seen in a long, long time.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Slick, shiny and adrenaline-propelled, it's a junker. Avoid this noisy, shallow pit stop.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The cars are the real stars of the movie. They are jazzy and fast and have more personality than most of the actors.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Well made technically, but, still, just more of the same.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
If you like things that go vroom, then this has your name spray-painted all over it. Trashy, but fun.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
As idiot car-crash movies go, Tokyo Drift is pretty fun, and certainly a more-than-decent entry in this franchise.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Even amid the formulaic romancing of boys and girls and above all, cars, the movie takes up the concept of "drift" as metaphor, ideology, and aesthetic.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Tokyo Drift has no story and no stars. That just leaves the rides, which are shiny and loud and fast and sometimes just as computer-generated as their counterparts in Pixar's Cars.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Think of the countless car chases you've seen at the movies. Then catch Tokyo Drift to understand how this movie, as silly as it is, offers something different and fresh. For fans of the genre, that's a stunt worth getting revved up for.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Unlike the campy 2001 Vin Diesel vehicle that started it all, what's missing in this third incarnation is any sense of fun, overrun by the forced seriousness of a soap opera mistaking itself for serious drama.
Steven Snyder - Newark Star-Ledger
Tokyo Drift jump-starts the franchise with a high-octane mix of action, hot stars and smokin' cars.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Put aside the topic and title, and you've got a slick car-racing movie set in a sexy metropolis with a likable teen hero that stands just fine on its own.
Judy Chia Hui Hsu - Seattle Times
If Tokyo Drift was a demolition derby, it might succeed. As a movie, it eventually crashes and burns, totaled by a mind-numbing plot, too few compelling characters, and action that grows tiresome.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
A juvenile jerk-off session of battling machismos.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Shifting the action to Japan makes this third movie in the over-the-top street racing series a lot fresher, but you'll still need to shift your brain into neutral to keep your suspension of disbelief from bottoming out.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
A couple bravura set pieces and a surprise cameo may make fans forget that for much of the time, this "Fast and the Furious" is closer to "Sluggish and the Dispassionate."
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Padded with relatively unknown actors, "Tokyo Drift" is more of an actors' showcase than fully fleshed-out movie.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Dave White - Movies.com
It's a modern day Romeo and Juliet with a whole lot o 'Pimp my Ride' thrown in.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
This greased popcorn box uses women as hood ornaments.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Tokyo Drift's single contribution to the F&F formula comes with the word 'Drift,' which isn't just a reference to what your attention might do while you're watching this flashy, dull movie.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
To call the film noisy and brainless isn't even a criticism -- it's unadulterated auto-porn, as shallow and shiny as it wants to be.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's the usual crap.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
It quickly tanks, thanks to a lead character with no goals, focus, appeal or intelligence and a lead actor who's just a little too convincing at playing a dunce.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's a bad movie because it manages to take these tried-and-true elements -- hunky rebels, hot-chicks and fast cars -- and make them boring.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Lin had the opportunity to create a vision of [Tokyo] that feels updated, hip, and relevant. He may have only half-succeeded here.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
This thing hums along like a rebuilt vintage turbine compared with [director] Lin's previous, unfortunate Annapolis.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Fans of the series will find lots to like in the almost nonstop racing action of this third installment. Let's hope they heed the don't-try-this-at-home warning at the end of the film.
M. K. Terrell - Christian Science Monitor
Similar to its two predecessors in melodrama and gloss, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift follows in its own tradition of quality.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Slant Magazine
Depending on your appetite for great stunts and bad drama, you'll either find this full-bore entertainment or just fully boring.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Each film throws two or three okay action scenes into an otherwise wobbly blend of macho posturing, philosophically windy chitchat and moldy archetypes.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
Furiously sexy. Black is perfectly sex-showcased without taking off his shirt or kissing a girl. Tokyo has no one over 20.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
sets itself up for instant parody
Joel Meares - Filmcritic.com
The adrenaline-charged racing sequences have a kind of brutally modern elegance. But when their fingers slip from the nitro fuel-injection buttons and the teens are forced to say a few syllables, big chunks of the movie come to a tire-screeching halt.
Bob Townsend - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Much of the film is harmlessly generic, but in its last half-hour it plumbs new depths of dumbness that markedly lower its overall score.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Racing junkies would be better off browsing the myriad online drifting videos where the camera doesn't cut and the people don't speak. Film buffs would be better off watching Two-Lane Blacktop, but they probably already knew that.
Brian Clark - Austin Chronicle
If [Lost in Translation] had had more fast cars and no capable acting whatsoever, it would be this movie; it's like Sofia Coppola went through Pimp My Ride film school.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
As for the racing sequences, they might be thrilling if they weren't so chaotically edited.
Ethan Alter - Premiere Magazine
The movie lurches, wheezes and misfires throughout, with a clunky pace more suited to those who live life one Quarter Pounder at a time.
Charlie Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Yes, the driving is cool. No, there is nothing else of value.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Manna from gearhead heaven, the third and most guiltily pleasurable Furious emits the crude thrills of a 1950s drag-racing cheapie, only with souped-up Toyotas and Nissans in place of gas-guzzling hot rods.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Even NASCAR fans might tune out to the loud rhythms of souped-up autos.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Black... makes the formerly fast and furious Paul Walker look like Kenneth Branagh...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
On par with the rest of the series....it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and then it's off the hook!
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Having lived through many a Minnesota winter, call me unimpressed to see a bunch of toy cars swerving wildly around city streets.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
The drivers do things Click and Clack would never dream of, and that lets Drift do what all three Fast and Furious movies are supposed to do: thrill us with stunts we've never seen.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
... the high-octane mix of high speed, slick style and gear-head stupidity is the same in the third installment of the street-racing cinema brand name.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Brief snippets of eye-candy aside, this flick's as dumb as a box of rocks and twice as pointless.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Though the movie is the most formulaic sort of testosterone-driven junk, it's served up expertly by director Justin Lin and his associates.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This movie is for freshmen only because it doesn't rise to the level of being sophomoric.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A high-test wet dream for the teenage mentality, but with a pay off of something new on the action movie circuit.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
When the engines are roaring, director Justin Lin's movie is incomparably thrilling; but when the drivers start talking, yawn, it all starts to drift.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The plot is basically scrap metal; but for those who appreciate high-paced motor stunts, this heart-pounder lives up to its name.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston