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Locke (2014)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 137 | Rotten: 18

A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance -- and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy.


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 5

A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance -- and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy.



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Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Steven Knight

Aug 12, 2014


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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (137) | Rotten (18) | DVD (2)

"Locke" is one riveting film.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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For the most part, it works like gangbusters.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Knight's strength is his writing, and arguably, Locke would be almost as good set on a stage with a man sitting on a chair. But then you'd miss the details of Hardy's face in a film that is all about an actor's vehicle.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I think Steven Knight's done a terrific job of direction. It's a very intelligent, very austere film.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It is the most extraordinary feat this film, and it's not just an exercise in pyrotechnics, it's an exploration of existential angst.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

For a movie set entirely inside a car, Locke is an impressive and engaging feat.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Hardy's introspective intensity helps to achieve and sustain and level of intimacy that's more thrilling than many films with 100 times the budget.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Knight's clever, tight screenplay and Hardy's tour de force performance collaborate to create a constantly captivating and even suspenseful film.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

Despite a fantastic performance from Tom Hardy, "Locke" makes for a rather flat single-location flick due to its suffering from a lack of engaging material.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source:

Hardy rises to the challenge of the format, yet the film fails to generate much suspense or sympathy.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

Thanks largely to the involvement of actor Tom Hardy, it manages to become more than just a gimmick film.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Steven Knight has delivered not only a powerfully minimalistic picture, but a morally attuned one as well, that portrays how one immoral act can bring about a lifetime of affliction.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Thanks to Knight's direction, precise scripting and Tom Hardy's formidable talent, Locke is an emotionally devastating time capsule of a man riding the wave of his life collapsing.

June 8, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Steven Knight's Locke makes us ride 'shotgun' with Tom Hardy for 85 minutes and doesn't let us out until the final credits roll. There are worse people to be stuck in traffic with. Carrot Top. Piers Morgan. Literally any Jenner.

June 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Simple in concept but complex in its detail... engrossing and suspenseful.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source:

What seems like a limited stunt concept turns out to be one of the most intense -- and cinematic -- experiences of the year, anchored to a brilliant performance by Tom Hardy.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hardy gives a spellbinding performance.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

That writer ("Eastern Promises") and director ("Redemption") Steven Knight introduces Ivan Locke as his only visible character speaks volumes about his own self-confidence as a filmmaker.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Your Movies (
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...this potentially claustrophobic experience is transformed into a rich emotional epic, one of the most satisfying and whole-feeling movies of the past few years,

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

An expertly tuned dramatic thriller that, like Ivan Locke, has no time to slowdown.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

What we get is an intimate portrayal of a man's life as it implodes. And that is heartbreaking to watch.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Continues the idea, seen in Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' that the car is no longer a refuge and a symbol of freedom but an extension of the home and office -- a mobile space that through technology remains connected to the pressures of work and family.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Construction and cracks, choices and consequences, decisions and detours, right and wrong, and frailty and strength are woven into a masterstroke of storytelling and minimalist filmmaking.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Audience Reviews for Locke

Locke proves that minimalist film-making can still be done well in today's age of overused special effects and underdeveloped story lines that turn into blockbuster hits. Tom Hardy is the only person on screen the entire film and is located in his car on the highway the entire time, so he has to carry the entire film on his shoulders. Not only does he do that, but he proves why he is one of the best working actors today guiding the film through a range of highs and lows that keep you watching even when things are a little slow to get going. The plot is fairly simple, but adds tons of interesting layers to each subplot that Locke gets involved in so that the viewer maintains interest throughout. Spoiling any of the moments wouldn't be fair. Ultimately, if you want to see Tom Hardy act his butt off in a unique film, this one is recommended.
August 16, 2014

Super Reviewer

A stunningly original and unique dramatic thriller that's a brilliant character study. An extraordinary and truly riveting movie. It's writing and craftsmanship is possibly Director, Steven Knight's finest masterwork yet. It would work well even if it was a play with a man on a stage reading the painful and devastating words of this beautifully tragic script. It's filled with absorbing suspense and fierce emotion all the way through. It's tremendous filmmaking that's damn near perfect. A powerhouse of a film that hits you hard and hits you home and hammers your heart, for you truly feel for this character. Tom Hardy is explosive, he gives a tour de force performance. It's the performance of his career. A mesmerizing and earth-shattering performance that so many people can relate too, not just to his unfortunate circumstances but just to the stress of his professional life and the toll it takes when in a confined space. This is what superb acting and filmmaking is all about, while basically a one scene deal it still manages feel more open than what is on screen. An impressive and furiously compelling piece of work. It's an eighty-minute drive that I wont soon forget.
August 13, 2014

Super Reviewer

Locke is a masterfully crafted dramatic thriller that gives the viewer another standout performance by actor Tom Hardy. Brilliantly shot, and told with the simplest storyline I've seen in quite some time, and it works very well enough to keep you entertained due to the events that unfold throughout the film that makes the film much more entertaining. Tom Hardy is a fine, talented actor, and he makes the role his own. Aside from his roles in Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises, this is among his most superlative performances yet, and with that being said, I think he will surely be nominated for Academy Award, as he is long overdue. Locke is a fine dramatic thriller, a film that doesn't overdo anything in order to grab your attention, and it's the best way the film creates its tension. Tom Hardy is immaculate in the role, and Locke is a standout feature well worth seeing if you enjoy a simple, yet engaging dramatic thriller. The way that events unfold for the lead character is quite well done as well. If you love the genre, don't pass up on this film, simple to the point with a terrific tour de force performance by Tom Hardy, in the end what more could you ask for? Although not perfect, Locke still at its very heart is a finely executed picture that will certainly appeal to viewers that enjoy this genre. Even with the film's few imperfections, you're easily entranced by on-screen energy that Tom Hardy displays throughout the film, and you end up forgettable the films faults. Locke is a fine piece of filmmaking, and a real surprise to see such a simple idea be so captivating and engaging.
July 29, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

In possibly the most emotional performance of his career, Tom Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a man who is one the way to the birth of his son, but the woman giving birth is not his wife. Taking place entire in a car and driven by phone calls, the pacing of this film is nothing short of perfect. It is a very simple premise that has been made the right amount of complicated to get you engaged the whole way through. Films that are filmed like this and succeed with flying colours really do impress me and this one was no exception. "Locke" is a riveting thriller that will hold your interest until the end. I felt like I was sitting in the car with him as his life continues to fall apart. By the end, I felt the impact by the events of the film and left me wanting to see where else his life would be taken. "Locke" is very well-scripted, Tom Hardy is phenomenal, and the director knew exactly how to capture every moment. This is one of the most impressive films I've seen in 2014.
July 27, 2014
KJ Proulx

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