88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Fast, funny, big-hearted.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The World's Fastest Indian might be the world's worst title for a charming, slice-of-life biopic.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Whether he'll achieve his goal of setting the world land-speed record for motorcycles is never in doubt, of course, but getting to a film's climactic scene has rarely been more fun.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's giving nothing away to say that Munro makes it to Bonneville, and breaks the record - which apparently still stands - on his two-wheel contraption.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Roger Donaldson's film is endearing in its own right as a celebration of a strong-willed eccentric, and memorable as a showcase for a brilliant actor in a benign mode.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Hopkins' performance flat-out works.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The cockeyed devotion with which writer-director Roger Donaldson dramatizes the story of New Zealand motorcycle legend Burt Munro and his classic 1920 bike in The World's Fastest Indian is in direct proportion to the cockeyed devotion with which Munro himself pursued his lifetime goal of setting a land-speed record at Bonneville Flats, Utah.
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63

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
The film is at its best in Utah, both because in David Gribble's exhilarating cinematography we finally get to feel the full power and intoxication of the sport.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even a nice chianti couldn't help you wash down this lump of tear-jerking twaddle.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Slogs pokily along and never quite picks up speed.
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68 out of 100
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