Drive, He Said Reviews

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jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ May 20, 2015
Very dated anti establishment sort of drama. More of an antique than something made in the 30's. The lead actor has the magnetism of a lemming and it hurts an already weak film.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2011
It's a shame that one of the greatest actors of our time couldn't convince the lead in his directorial debut to give a credible performance. But William Tepper is only one of the problems with this meandering mess of a movie. It's a shame because there is a great story in here and the footage of the basketball games is well shot. Not to mention, Karen Black and especially Bruce Dern give fantastic performances which only makes the other bad performances stand out even more. As a big fan of basketball and Nicholson, this was a bit of a letdown.
GS
Super Reviewer
April 3, 2012
The relationships between characters make no sense and mean nothing. The pacing and camera work are fine, but there is no sense of importance in this film. The role of Gabriel should've been played by Nicholson if it was going to be in the film at all. The relationship between Olive and Bloom and Richard was just wacky and did not feel real at all. The film focuses on so many different relationships that it lacks grounding for characters and a central focus for the audience. The feel just feels like a bunch of meaningless and phony vignettes trying to gel as one.
½ April 11, 2013
Jack Nicholson directing a movie that has basketball in it makes sense and he does a great job. The acting really stands out to me in this one. My favorite character in this is Gabriel who goes quite mad which reminds me a bit of Jack's character in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. There is an urgency in the air throughout. Which works well since that wartime Vietnam era in college had to have been a crazy time for anyone going through it.
½ May 16, 2014
Some parts were interesting, but the movie never really caught my attention. Had trouble focusing throughout and left with a definite "So what?" feeling.
½ August 25, 2012
Jack Nicholson's first directed film is rather......messy. A film that needs to stay in 1971. Not in a bad way. Kind of the same way I feel about Easy Rider (it is however a fantastic film in it's own right)
GS
Super Reviewer
April 3, 2012
The relationships between characters make no sense and mean nothing. The pacing and camera work are fine, but there is no sense of importance in this film. The role of Gabriel should've been played by Nicholson if it was going to be in the film at all. The relationship between Olive and Bloom and Richard was just wacky and did not feel real at all. The film focuses on so many different relationships that it lacks grounding for characters and a central focus for the audience. The feel just feels like a bunch of meaningless and phony vignettes trying to gel as one.
September 20, 2011
In no way can it be said that this film really works, despite the cast's cultish distinction, but it still knocks most of its quasi-radical contemporaries sideways as an index of doomed '60s/'70s causes and confusions.
February 13, 2012
Realizado por Jack Nicholson, "Drive, he said" procura marcar a sua posição numa (C)poca conturbada para os Estados Unidos. Fá-lo atrav (C)s de um retrato algo confuso repartido entre um jogador de basket inconformado e um gajo que se faz passar por louco para não cumprir serviço militar. Os dois são faces diferentes do mesma juventude desalinhada. Mas aquilo que pode at (C) ser um bom documento contra-cultura da (C)poca não se traduz em cinema de grande interesse hoje. Isto se exluirmos algumas sequências simbólicas e a presença da sempre fascinante Karen Dalton. 2/5
½ February 6, 2012
A campus revolution movie, Jack Nicholson's first foray behind the camera is cool at times but just too dated for the rest of it. When BBS hits, they hit hard (The Last Picture Show, Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider), but when they don't (Head, Drive, He Said) the movies are barely even remembered.
January 25, 2012
Pretty fucking bad. I can see what Jack Nicholson was trying to do, but I don't think he succeeded. This movie is a mess. Skip it.
May 8, 2011
Jack Nicholson's directorial debut captures the abrubt demystification of Hector (William Tepper), a college basketball star who can't seem to make sense of his role in the cynical, tumultuous, post-peace-and-flower-children world. Although the film has poignant moments (such as when Hector's roommate Gabriel, after realizing he can't dodge the draft, makes a futile attempt to free imprisoned lab animals from their cages), it ends seeming just as lost and confused as its protagonist; but then again, that may be the point.
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