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Drive Reviews

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William Kostakis

What Drive is trying to do is very clear, but clear intent doesn't forgive a film that's mostly flat.

Full Review Source: MovieFIX | Original Score: 3/5

October 26, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Before long, and then with grinding relish, "Drive" becomes one garishly sadistic set piece after another.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 15, 2011
Michael A. Smith

Winner of the Best Director prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, "Drive" is a stylish film that doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a thriller? A romance? A heist film? All of the above? To be honest, I really don't know

Full Review Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 18, 2011
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

While you could lean back and nod along to Refn's posturing, the film plays more like an exercise in turn-of-the-Eighties nostalgia, a movie-length strong-silent swagger inspired by the art on a VHS box.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

October 9, 2011
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

A movie with the title Drive should not be left in 'park.'

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Ultra-violent, ultra-tedious, bargain-basement rip-off of the classic 1978 Walter Hill film The Driver.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1/5

October 25, 2011
Rob Gonsalves

It is the autumn's first golden boy after a summer of lightweight superhero fare, but is truly no richer in thought or spirit than the shallowest comic-book flick.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2011
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

An artsy, self-conscious, existentialist stillness reigns - or, more accurately, tedium. Hyper-stylish, it idles in, then stalls out.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 4/10

September 17, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"Drive" is somber, slick and earnest, and also a prisoner of its own emptiness, substituting moods for emotions and borrowed style for real audacity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 15, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Though it easily surpasses most American action flicks, it suffers from the old commercial imperative of making the protagonist a nice guy, something Refn has seldom bothered with in Europe.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 15, 2011
Leonard Maltin
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For me, Drive is all attitude, punctuated by unpleasant bursts of violence. If that's what passes for cutting-edge filmmaking, or storytelling, we're in trouble.

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September 16, 2011
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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In grabbing our attention, [Refn] diverts it from what matters. The horror lingers and seeps; the feelings are sponged away.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 20, 2011
Widgett Walls

It's probably not the film that the trailer would lead you to believe that it is. I think it tries to be more than that and I don't think it makes it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 16, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Refn ... is an avid fan of American thrillers and is clearly familiar with most of its clichés. Every one is displayed, in one sequence or another, during the film.

Full Review Source: This is London

May 20, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Why would Gosling, a fascinatingly cerebral actor, take a role so far inside his comfort zone? Does he long to strike action-icon poses -- to be the new Nic Cage?

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 12, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It's a film in love with both traditional noir mythology and ultra-modern violence, a combination that is not ideal.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2011
Neil Rosen

Refn has made a movie where the main characters barely speak and take themselves so seriously, that a little levity, at times, might have helped.

Full Review Source: NY1-TV

September 16, 2011
Will Leitch

This is pop art of the highest degree.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A-

June 22, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

Hands down the coolest film of 2011, Drive is a stylised genre film where the genre is constantly changing.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2013
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Something under the hood of Drive captured my heart; director Nicolas Winding Refn has admirably crafted a fine piece of retro-noir cinema.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale | Original Score: A+

October 2, 2012

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