'Premium Rush' Critic Reviews

73%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
76%
Rotten Tomatoes:   151 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Henry Barnes Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    This is about the bike, the road and the compulsion to go, go, go.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    The contrived tale is filled with plot holes, but the story takes a back seat to the chase-filled, daredevil action.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Merry Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Breezy and entertaining, if imperfect ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Feeney Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Premium Rush" has a lot of energy - too much, it's kind of exhausting. It also has a lot of trickiness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    I do have an abiding fondness for compact and coherent action movies, and this is surely one.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    Premium Rush isn't mindless mayhem, a thriller for teenage boys bursting with hormonal bloodlust. Koepp's film has a brain...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The whole film sizzles with urban aggression.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    I'm very weary of routine chase movies. There's nothing routine about "Premium Rush."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    "Premium Rush" is great fun - nimble, quick, the thinking person's mindless entertainment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Premium Rush can't decide if it's a serious, ticking-clock thriller or an antic, stunt-driven cartoon.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    No brakes indeed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    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).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    The lovably ridiculous bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush is a welcome throwback.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    This is supposed to be a life-and-death chase movie, not two friends messing around.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Sit back and enjoy it as a summer jolt of pure adrenaline.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jordan Hoffman Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    It has a few marvelous tricks up its sleeve with extra doses of zoom-zoom.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Undeniably, the word "action" does apply, but only as it falls between "class" and "suit."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie speeds along crisply, providing just enough exposition to lend a few pounds of emotional weight without bogging down the breakneck pace.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago