Locke Reviews

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Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies
February 7, 2015
One of the best acting performances of the year. Hypnotising. Rewarding.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
January 13, 2015
Tom Hardy's visceral performance in this one-man meltdown packs more drama than a half-dozen multi-character stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 5, 2015
[Hardy's performance is] the reason you'd see Locke, and the reason you may remember it fondly, long after the ride ends.
Nathan Southern
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 5, 2015
The fact that Locke delivers, then, is splendid news, especially for fans of onscreen minimalism and alternative approaches to familiar stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 5, 2015
Yes, it sounds like a gimmick. But Tom Hardy is so compelling, multilayered and terrific in the title role, this one-man show is never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
January 5, 2015
As you'd expect from a story that never leaves the confines of a car, Locke is intense and claustrophobic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
January 5, 2015
You don't want this movie to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
January 5, 2015
The thriller feel is aided and abetted by the fact that Knight traps us inside the world of a guy who is himself trapped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground
January 5, 2015
The feature's greatest achievement may stem from eliciting interest from its story, style and structure; however, it is its lead that sears its exploration of the inescapable inexplicably into memory.
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
January 5, 2015
Though Locke can't be seen as anything but a clever stunt, Hardy, soon to be starring as Mad Max, is mesmerizing company.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
January 5, 2015
One of the strengths of Locke is the way it explores masculinity, both in its classic and contemporary forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jesse Tigges
Columbus Alive
January 5, 2015
Locke surely won't be for everyone, but those looking to challenge their perceptions about what filmmaking can be, should surely check it out. You'll be appreciative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2015
At the heart of it there is Hardy, whose performance is both deeply humane and oddly robotic: a man with a single purpose -- get to that destination -- pursued relentlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 5, 2015
The spare scenario may not sound inspiring, but Locke's attempts to keep his life from unraveling during a series of telephone calls make for a suspenseful and impressive experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 5, 2015
Locke is nearly the very definition of ingenuity. And, in the end, you learn a little about concrete and a lot about what it takes to be a man.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 5, 2015
This is a remarkable cinematic experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 5, 2015
Locke is a great looking and sounding tale of a man's (misguided?) quest to do the right thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alynda Wheat
People Magazine
January 5, 2015
Besides a compelling script and restrained directorial hand, it takes a marvelously talented actor to pull off that kind of high-wire act, and Hardy once again proves why he's one of the best of his generation.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 5, 2015
Every once in a great, long while a movie comes along that doubly astonishes you -- first that anybody would even think to try it, and second that they managed to pull it off. Writer-director Steven Knight's Locke is one of those movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
January 5, 2015
Hardy makes for a compelling psychological tour guide, utilizing much more than his right foot to add forward momentum.
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