Here is our F9: Fast and Furious 9 Review Round-Up selection. How well did this ninth instalment go down? Justin Lin directed this one. He previously directed the first, fifth and sixth. Hopefully you like his style as he is reportedly directing the next two and wrapping up the series.

F9: Fast and Furious 9 - Vin Diesel
F9: Fast and Furious 9Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto ©2021 Universal

New York TimesF9: Fast and Furious 9 Review

By AO Scott

  • If the Fast and Furious movies are about anything — besides cars, of course — it’s family. Not biological kinship, as Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel)… never tires of reminding his crew, but the deep ride-or-die bonds of loyalty and solidarity
  • As was the case with the Avengers Infinity Stones and the Harry Potter horcruxes, the gadget needs to be assembled from far-flung parts… Accordingly, much of F9 is a busy chase…
  • F9 is only the second movie I’ve seen outside of my house since early 2020… [Here] People clapped at the end of some of the over-the-top action sequences [&] laughed at the corny jokes. There are certainly better movies in the world… but this one is not a bad reminder of what movies are for

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 3.5 Stars
3.5 out of 5 Stars from our reading of the review
F9: Fast and Furious 9 - Nathalie Emmanuel
F9: Fast and Furious 9Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey ©2021 Universal

Los Angeles Times F9: Fast and Furious 9 Review

by Justin Chang

  • The movie’s mere arrival signals a return to normalcy — if by normalcy you mean hot cars, strained wisecracks, gravity-defying stunts, logic-defying revisionism and a well-worn clan of renegade motorheads!
  • Just sit back, relax and enjoy the gravelly intonations of Vin Diesel as the gang’s ringleader, Dominic Toretto
  • Like the most durable soaps — though with more tattoos, Coronas and broken glass — these movies inhabit a fantasy world where bitter grudges can be resolved within minutes, multiracial harmony is no big deal and the dead rarely stay dead for too long

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 3 Stars
3 out of 5 Stars from our reading of the review
F9: Fast and Furious 9Tyrese Gibson as Roman ©2021 Universal

The Guardian‘s F9: Fast and Furious 9 Review

by Peter Bradshaw

  • This deafening fantasia of internal and external combustion delivers outrageous action spectacle magnificently divorced from the rules of narrative or gravity
  • Some great comedy from Tyrese Gibson, …playing Roman, …realises that he, and everyone else in the film, has taken part in a large number of unfeasibly dangerous missions without ever getting injured, and he begins to think that they must all be … what? Superheroes? Gods? Actors in a movie?
  • It’s all very macho and defiant and silly. Yet FF9 is a cheerfully refreshing change from the locked down world of the slow and the placid

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 4 Stars
Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
F9: Fast and Furious 9 - Michelle Rodriguez
F9: Fast and Furious 9Michelle Rodriguez as Letty ©2021 Universal

Hollywood Reporter‘s F9: Fast and Furious 9 Review

by John Defore

  • In F9’s would-be showstoppers, the thrills are mostly AWOL or the feats are simply too idiotic to embrace, even guiltily
  • As in Lin’s last feature, the disappointing Star Trek Beyond, the director/co-writer takes a quantity-over-quality approach, throwing more action, subplots and characters into the mix than any movie needs while still leaving one with the sense that something’s missing
  • Where the space travel comes in… the less said about that, the better

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 2 Stars
2 out of 5 Stars from our reading of the review
F9: Fast and Furious 9 - Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges
F9: Fast and Furious 9Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges as Tej ©2021 Universal

Entertainment Weekly‘s F9: Fast and Furious 9 Review

by Darren Franich

  • Inventing a new sibling out of thin air is how soap operas fill time in season 27. One amazing thing about F9 is that this Hail Mary twist kind of works
  • I missed Lin’s steady hand in the recent CGI-heavy installments. F9 has a lot of wrestling duels inside of moving vehicles. You can follow the tight-quarters combat even when you forget why they’re fighting
  • It’s not a complete fix. The title doesn’t lie. F9 isn’t bad, and it’s not good. It’s just fnine

Full Review here

FRO Rating: 4 Stars
Rated B- = 4 out of 5 stars
F9: Fast and Furious 9 - Jordana Brewster
F9: Fast and Furious 9Jordana Brewster as Mia ©2021 Universal

Reviews Round-Up

New York Times3.5 Stars
Los Angeles Times3 Star
The Guardian4 Stars
Hollywood Reporter2 Stars
Entertainment Weekly4 Stars
F9: Fast and Furious 9 star Rating table

So the average of the ratings works out at 3.3 out of 5 stars. I guess another case of ‘turn your brain off’ and it will be fun!

FRO Rating: 2.5 Stars
F9: Fast and Furious 9 - John Cena
F9: Fast and Furious 9John Cena as Jakob ©2021 Universal

Theatrical Release dates

  • UK: June 24, 2021
  • Australia & New Zealand: June 17, 2021
  • USA & Canada: June 25, 2021

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online