Ever since the summer of 2001, the enormously popular Fast and the Furious franchise has thrilled audiences around the world with its high-octane action and impossibly fast cars. As Fast & Furious 9 continues principal photography in the U.K., the action franchise's latest installment, the spinoff, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, is now open in theaters everywhere.
Here are all the films in the series to date, ranked by averaging professional critics' scores from review aggregate sites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Audience scores from Rotten Tomatoes are listed as well but do not affect the ranking, instead, offering a comparison of how audiences and professional critics view each installment.
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS - AVERAGE SCORE: 37
The most poorly received film in the franchise to date, 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious is the only main installment to not feature original star Vin Diesel at all. Instead, the sequel focuses on Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor, disgraced from allowing Dominic Toretto to escape in the original film and relocating to Miami where he continues to engage in illegal street racing. Teamed with Tyrese Gibson's Roman Pearce, the duo is enlisted to infiltrate and bust a drug trafficking organization.
Critics lambasted the 2003 movie as a cheap follow-up to the original film, its cast lacking charisma and chemistry while the action sequences came off as largely uninspired in comparison to its predecessor.
2 Fast 2 Furious has a critics score of 36% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 38. The film currently has an audience score of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
FAST & FURIOUS - AVERAGE SCORE: 37.5
Barely overtaking the second film is Fast & Furious, the fourth installment in the franchise was released in 2009 and reunited much of the original cast. The film marked the franchise beginning to shift from its street racing roots and more into the vehicle-based action that would catapult the series to greater heights commercially as the gang reunited to stop a new drug lord south of the border.
Critics were divided on the fourth installment, appreciating the shift in genre and return of the original cast but feeling the installment still relied heavily on formula and a bare-bones plot.
Fast & Furious has a critics score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 46. The film currently has an audience score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT - AVERAGE SCORE: 41.5
The most offbeat installment in the franchise remains its third film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, released in 2006. Taking the illegal street racing action to the Japanese capital with an entirely new cast led by Lucas Black's Sean Boswell, the film also marked the arrival of director Justin Lin, who would helm many of the franchise's subsequent installments.
Critics felt that the car racing action was a marked improvement over its immediate predecessor but decried the plot as overly formulaic, and its new cast as relatively uncharismatic in comparison to the original film's characters.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift has a critics score of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 45. The film currently has an audience score of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS - AVERAGE SCORE: 55.5
The 2001 film that started it all. The original The Fast and the Furious followed up-and-coming FBI operative Brian O'Connor tasked with infiltrating an illegal street racing gang in Los Angeles suspected of robbing trucks carrying valuable cargo while out on the open road. The film would go on to become one of the biggest box office hits of the summer and launch the global action movie franchise.
While critics noted that the performances were relatively thin and the story was a barely veiled riff on the action film Point Break, the film itself was praised overall for its thrilling action sequences, anchored by Diesel's commanding performance as gang leader Dom Toretto.
The Fast and the Furious has a critics score of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 58. The film currently has an audience score of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS - AVERAGE SCORE: 61.5
The most recent main installment of the franchise, 2015's The Fate of the Furious, falls right in the middle of the franchise's rankings to date. The film had Dom apparently betray the rest of the team to follow a new villain portrayed by Charlize Theron in an adventure that forged unlikely alliances around the globe.
Critics praised the film's escalating scope, charismatic leads and unbelievably over-the-top action while regarding it as a visible step-down in overall quality from its immediate predecessors.
The Fate of the Furious has a critics score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 56. The film currently has an audience score of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW - AVERAGE SCORE: 65.5
The franchise's first spinoff film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw features the two former antagonists reluctantly joining forces to take on a new threat in Idris Elba's superhuman Brixton. As the mismatched duo take on the villain all over the world, more background from Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw's family are roped into the high-octane battle.
Critics have lauded the spinoff for its unabashedly over-the-top, absurd action sequences while maintaining sight of the emotional core of its two leads in a globe-trotting romp that continues the franchise's themes of family and vehicular mayhem.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw currently has a critics score of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 60 but is expected to change as additional professional reviews are posted. The film currently does not have an audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
FAST & FURIOUS 6 - AVERAGE SCORE: 65.5
The final film to feature Gal Gadot's Gisele and Sung Kang's Han, Fast & Furious 6 had the team join forces with former antagonist Luke Hobbs for full pardons. The ensemble is tasked with using their fast-driving street smarts against a crew of deadly mercenaries led by Owen Shaw, culminating in an epic showdown in the U.K. while a character long-thought dead makes her surprise return.
Veteran franchise filmmaker Lin was praised by critics for the 2013 film's growing sense of spectacle and undeniably fun set pieces while continuing to ground the action with the cast's emotional and engaging performances as they further grew into their characters and established their intra-team dynamics.
Fast & Furious 6 has a critics score of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 61. The film currently has an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, the highest-rated film in the franchise based on that metric.
FAST FIVE - AVERAGE SCORE: 71.5
After shifting its focus from street racing to action in its immediate predecessor, 2011's Fast Five wholeheartedly embraced the possibilities of the genre change to surprising success. Now wholly on the wrong side of the law, Dom and Brian assemble their crew to launch a massive heist while being pursued by relentless law enforcement operative Luke Hobbs through Brazil.
Critics praised the cast and returning director Lin for injecting a whole new lease on life into the franchise in its fifth installment with genuinely thrilling set-pieces and the introduction of Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs as an antagonist worthy of Dom and the crew.
Fast Five has a critics score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 66. The film currently has an audience score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
FURIOUS 7 - AVERAGE SCORE: 74
Featuring a posthumous performance by the late Paul Walker, reprising his role as Brian O'Connor, 2015's Furious 7 is the highest-ranked film in the entire franchise. After killing Han in the post-credits scene for the preceding film, Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw made his full debut, confronting the team for his brother Owen's defeat in the sixth film.
With its globe-trotting action stretching from Los Angeles to Dubai, critics found the seventh installment to be a poignant sendoff for Walker's character and an epic adventure that boasted some of the franchise's most exciting action moments to date.
Furious 7 has a critics score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 67. The film currently has an audience score of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby. The film arrives Aug. 2.