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Hit & Run (2012)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 63
Rotten: 66

Critics Consensus: Though Hit & Run has some surprisingly oft-kilter filmmaking, the action doesn't add to much and the writing's a bit smug.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Though Hit & Run has some surprisingly oft-kilter filmmaking, the action doesn't add to much and the writing's a bit smug.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 30,260


Movie Info

Hit and Run is a comedy about a young couple (Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard) that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. Their fast-paced road trip grows awkwardly complicated and hilarious when they are chased by a friend from the past (Bradley Cooper), a federal marshal (Tom Arnold) and a band of misfits. -- (C) Open Road

R (for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content)
Action & Adventure , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 8, 2013
Box Office:
Open Road Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hit & Run

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (66) | DVD (2)

The worst.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Top Critic

Hit & Run as a whole is one of the summer's most enjoyable surprises, a consistently disarming romantic comedy...

Full Review… | August 27, 2012
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Hit & Run is awfully hit & miss.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Shepard and Palmer just don't do anything terribly exciting with the film's vehicles, drawn mostly from Shepard's personal collection.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

It feels like writer, co-director and star Dax Shepard has unleashed some kind of freakish Franken-film on movie-goers.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hit and Run lures you in with its jackalope rhythms. There's nothing else like it on the current landscape.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Top Critic

Hit & Run isn't always a smooth ride, but the quirks and misfires make it as distinctive as the actor behind many of the film's creative choices.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Hit & Run may stall early and often, but the Bell/Shepard screen chemistry serves as a nitrous boost.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Big Hollywood

I'll be darned if I didn't like the characters. They're fun, often unpredictable and reasonably humorous.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Movie Chambers

Hit and Run has a bouncy, goofy charm.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
ABC Radio (Australia)

It's 'Smokey and the Bandit' as conceived by a Quentin Tarantino wannabe.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Observer [UK]

There is a lot of boring Clarksonian chatter about motorcars, but, inhibited by a modest budget, the stunts prove to be depressingly unspectacular.

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Irish Times

Audiences out for a bit of mindless fun will probably enjoy this raucous road movie, but only if they can look past comedy that relies on jokes about racism, sexism and homophobia.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012

The film's characterisation is hopelessly underdeveloped and an undercurrent of homophobia does little to make the experience any less tedious.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Radio Times

For a comedy the laughs are hard to find.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Sun Online

It's amiable, but the more miles it clocks up, the more this film looks like a vanity vehicle for its co-director, writer and star, Dax Shepard.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Little White Lies

Shepard's script suggests his chief pleasures in life are driving sports cars and joshing about homosexuals, and those of a similar mindset may manage to wring out more amusement from his film than I did.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Daily Telegraph

Hit and Run is certainly hit and miss, but it had just about won me over by the time it ended.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Birmingham Post

Enjoyable, fast-paced comedy-thriller with well written characters, decent chase sequences, a frequently funny script and superb performances from Shepard, Bell and Bradley Cooper.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012

Dumb, noisy and not half as cool as it thinks it is, it's like being caught in a shouting match between half-cut rednecks at a Nascar meet.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Sky Movies

A good-natured, if inconsequential, thrill ride. Shepard more than proves he's up to the task when it come to multitasking. It will be interesting to see what he does next time around.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012

More hit and miss.

Full Review… | October 7, 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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2012
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Hit & Run

Hit and Run is Dax Shepard's loving ode to the Muscle Car and every 70's road movie that it has appeared in. It is not a parody, that has been done, it is not a remake, that has been done too, instead Shepard does what many in Hollywood find hard to do and that is write an original film that is brilliantly scripted and wonderfully realised. The cars and the car chases are there, the humor is there, the characters are there and relationships between said characters are there. Shepard's passion is obvious and he gets it right. Any cliche or expected story-line is absent. making this film refreshing and rather special. I thoroughly enjoyed it for all the right reasons.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Well, once again I'm on the wrong side of this one, but I LOVED it. Saw it on a DVD from Redbox...really scraping for something to watch and I was delighted. The dialogue was so witty. The plot, okay anytime you have witness protection plan it's going to be a little contrived, but it was oddly believable and filled with some real moments. Bradley Cooper is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors--a little sexy a little sinister--Kristen Bell is the perfect perfect girlfriend and Tom Arnold was just superb. The car chases were exciting. I mean, what else do you want out of a 1.4 hour piece of entertainment?

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Alex Dimitri: Hey, hey, Clint? Why don't you think of this gun as a microphone? When it's not in your hand, you shut the fuck up. Okay?

"A Comedy That Never Takes Its Foot Off The Gas"

Hit & Run was somewhat of a surprise to me. When you see a movie that has Dax Shepherd not only in the leading role, but also directing and writing; it's hard to expect anything better than terrible. Surprisingly though, Dax wasn't too bad in front of the camera or behind it. The movie is nothing to get too excited about, but it's also a pretty good amount of fun and it's helped by a pretty good little supporting cast including: Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold, and Bradley Cooper. 

Charlie Bronson is under witness protection. Four years ago he testified against his then friends and bank robbers, whom Yul(Charlie's original name) drove the getaway car for. When his girlfriend gets a job offer in his old home town of Los Angeles, Charlie decides to go with her. Anne's former boyfriend begins tailing them and calls up Alex(one of the people Charlie testified against) to let him know that he knows where Yul is. Also on the path of Charlie is a US Marshall who is supposed to be making sure that Charlie is all right. 

It would be fair to call Hit & Run just another action comedy, which it basically is; but there's also a rom-com formula at play here too. It's sort of a cross between an action comedy, a road movie, and a romance film. Crossing those genres doesn't really bring out too much originality though, but it does make the film more interesting. 

Hit & Run ended up being a fun ride, and in the end, that's all it really needed to do. This isn't a movie that you'll find a lot of purpose in watching, but it is a nice little hour and a half diversion. Also, if you're like me, the only excuse you need for giving this a try is that Bradley Cooper is in it; and with dreads no less.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Hit & Run Quotes

Alex Dmitri:
Are you happy now you know what part of the world my ass has been to?
– Submitted by Jamie B (21 months ago)
Charlie Bronson:
Close ur eyes and take three deep breaths... This is the only moment you need to worry about. No yesterday. No tomorrow. Just right now. You're not late for anything. You aren't going to miss anything. You're exactly where you're supposed to be & you're exactly who you're supposed to be. You're absolutely perfect & whatever happens today is exactly whats supposed to happen & if you want, I'll spend every moment with you for the rest of your life.
– Submitted by Elise G (2 years ago)
You're a bank robber?
Charlie Bronson:
I did the getaway driver part.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Clint Perkins:
What? You didn't like the gym equipment?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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