Unlike The Hangover Part III, the sixth installment of The Fast And Furious franchise has attracted overwhelmingly positive reviews. Not that the critics are jumping up and down and whooping it up with excitement as some members of the audience will likely do over the Memorial Day weekend. Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times sets the tone of most of the reviews when he writes that the movie is a satisfying thrill ride, at least on a par with the earlier installments. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times writes that the producers understand what the movie is all about: No pretensions to greatness, it demonstrates total dedication to badassness, which I believe is the technical term, she writes. It's hard work making a formula feel fresh, writes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News, and the filmmakers do so with breathtaking chases, meticulously choreographed hand-to-hand combat and the occasional explosion, all in the service of giving the audience a great time. Likewise Lou Lumenick in the New York Post comments that director Justin Lin perfectly understands what audiences want: eye-popping stunts involving a wide variety of vehicles, assorted martial arts, stuff blowing up and just a soupcon of plot, comedy, bromance and romance. He adds that the movie is more fun than Skyfall and a lot more fun than the deadly dull Star Trek Into Darkness, both of which ask you to take their silly plots way too seriously. To be sure there are some critics who would just as soon wave the yellow flag at the goings-on. In the Toronto Star Bruce DeMara describes the script as achingly stupid and beyond ludicrous, but he, too, grants that fans are clearly more interested in car chases than character development and coherent plotting, and this installment is sure to satisfy their need for overdrive action. The rest of us are more likely to be stuck in neutral. And Claudia Puig in USA Today dismisses the film as ultra formulaic and inane and adds: Here's a movie that could easily have been dialogue-free. And probably would have been better for it.
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