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Hit & Run (15)

Hit & Run (15)

Action, Comedy, Romance

Former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charlie's former gang chase them on the road.

The critical consensus

As a vehicle for Shepard, Hit and Run is a write-off, far too derivative of other people’s work to give any real sense of his talents. While he's a likable enough leading man, Shepard may regret spurning his chance to demonstrate whether he has a genuine cinematic voice.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 06/09/2012

Shoot-outs, lovers on the lam, a villain with dreadlocks: yes, this hit-and miss comedy sure does want to be True Romance.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 02/10/2012

As a vehicle for Shepard, who also wrote and co-directed this jalopy, it’s more hit and miss.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 07/10/2012

Despite the tonal split that ensues, this ends up being kind of fun.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/10/2012

This whipsmart postmodern rom-com caper rides a fine line between road-and date-movie.

***(*)(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 11/10/2012

Car lovers will enjoy this, but there's something disconcertingly serious about all the motor love, and despite some nice comedy ideas, there aren't too many real laughs.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/10/2012

There’s the suggestion of a good comedy filmmaker here, but in trying out too many genres in one film Shepard winds up with something that never settles or fully engages.

**(*)(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 12/10/2012

Loud engines, lousy script.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 12/10/2012

It's highly entertaining with cameos by several of the director's pals and pit stops for delivering sub-Tarantino dialogue.

Philip French, The Observer, 14/10/2012

Despite the screeching tyres and full-throttle soundtrack, it never quite gets into gear.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 14/10/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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