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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011

Punctuates its long stretches of cool, carefully calculated menace with splattery spasms of shocking violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wally Hammond
Sight and Sound
September 27, 2011

A more or less conventional Los Angeles-set hot-rod/getaway-driver movie with neo-noir decoration -- albeit satisfying enough on its own terms.


Film4
September 26, 2011

One for fans of Taxi Driver and TV's Dexter, Drive is a film whose considerable style at first obscures just how much it'll get under your skin and stay there for weeks to come.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 26, 2011

From its opening shots, Refn's movie is as cool and controlled as its protagonist... at once unhurriedly stylish and intensely gripping. You'd like to lean back and admire, but the action keeps pulling you to the edge of your seat.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
September 25, 2011

High-octane excitement for the art-house set ... Think 'Two-Lane Blacktop' meets Kubrick's 'The Killing' meets Bresson ... Gosling's King of Cool may be the new McQueen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 25, 2011

Like the novels of Raymond Chandler and the paintings of David Hockney, Drive is both an accurate view of southern California's intoxicating sleaze and glamour and the filtering of it through a European sensibility.

David Sexton
This is London
September 25, 2011

A film that moves relentlessly forward, carrying you along so completely that it's only afterwards, if at all, that you begin to wonder about origins and plausibilities.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 23, 2011

In proving that less is more, Rifn has sent out a message to Hollywood in this age of austerity.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
September 23, 2011

Like watching rats fight in a gorgeously lit bucket, this is compellingly nasty, but for those with stomach for it, Drive is a lot of fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
September 23, 2011

An artful, impressively made film, and one sure to excite cinephiles, everyday adrenaline junkies, and fans of stylized car chases set to an indie synthpop soundtrack.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 23, 2011

An unusually upscale, and surprisingly satisfying, action film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
September 23, 2011

The tension is agonising... then rubber burns, the engine revs and we hold on tight. For the next 90 minutes, we don't let go.

David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 23, 2011

Hold on tight and prepare for the ride of your life.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 22, 2011

Winding Refn steals with such intelligence and thoughtfulness that there is a boldness and creativity to the film even though hardly a single moment of it is "original" in any way.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 22, 2011

Gosling gives a laconic, sexy, quietly charming performance evocative of Steve McQueen, as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 22, 2011

Weighted with steely silences and sudden explosions of graphic violence, Drive confronts and dismantles our expectations with a hardened confidence that is all too rare in contemporary Hollywood filmmaking

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
September 22, 2011

A juggernaut of emotion that tentatively and unknowingly builds up speed then knocks you for six with some uncompromising and ultra-violent scenes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
September 22, 2011

Drive is a masterpiece of surface over depth. Catnip for anyone who thinks cinema is for the eye rather than the brain or heart.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 22, 2011

Even when the screen goes berserk - a face splintering under a stamping heel, a master-crook attacking a defenceless colleague's features with a knife and fork - director Refn doesn't blink or expect us to.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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