Locke

Locke

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Locke Reviews

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Brian Formo
CraveOnline

Locke, commendable as sections may be, just sorta runs out of gas.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 6/10

April 25, 2014
David Berry
National Post

The extreme contrivance of the scenario extends to a lot of Locke's lines to the people he's on the phone with. It may never leave the car, but it wants to stuff that car full of as much meaning and drama as it can.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 15, 2014
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 11, 2014
Sam Fragoso
RogerEbert.com

The film's modus operandi-set entirely in an automobile-hinders the script's ability to evolve into anything resonant.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com

April 22, 2014
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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The conceit is riveting at first because Knight forgoes any backstory or exposition, though as the foreman's plight becomes clear, the tension quickly dissipates.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 1, 2014
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Locke, as fascinating as it is in theory, never evolves into anything more than a glorified acting exercise.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

April 24, 2014
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Hardy's strong performance holds the movie together, but after nearly 90 minutes in the car with him, it's a bit of a relief when the ride is over.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2014
Wesley Morris
Grantland
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The film feels like an exercise in dramatic style, and maybe that's enough for some people. But whether it's for me or for the characters, I need an exercise to generate a little more sweat.

Full Review Source: Grantland

May 8, 2014
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The literalizing of Ivan Locke's hidden self and his inability to master it ultimately exposes the film as the squarest kind of theater: drama therapy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 20, 2014
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Ultimately, "Locke" is more noteworthy for the process of how it was made than the worthwhileness of the finished outcome, leaving nothing to the imagination while squandering the opportunity to explore what is going on behind Ivan's eyes.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2014
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A failed attempt at cinematic minimalism.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

April 17, 2014
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

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

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

June 30, 2014
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Writer-director Steven Knight tries too hard to make us love his hard-working, old-school everyman.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2014
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

That solo time in the car, predictably, gets trying to watch.

Full Review Source: Arts Fuse | Original Score: 2 stars

May 15, 2014
Xan Brooks
Guardian

Having stripped away all but the bare necessities, having reduced the components to a car and a man - they make a classic error of overcompensation. Locke, it occurs, is quite the most garrulous exercise in minimalism I've witnessed in years.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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As a visual tour-de-force, Locke is workmanlike and mechanical. As a piece of drama it amounts to watching an easy-to-read character check off the boxes on an existential to-do list.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C+

April 24, 2014
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Despite Hardy's impressive solo tour de force, 'Locke' is ultimately a talky trip to a pretty sappy destination.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

May 5, 2014
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 15, 2014
Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

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

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 7/10

August 15, 2014
Beth Hanna
Thompson on Hollywood

If you're going to make a film about a guy taking calls from his car -- and if half of those calls are about concrete -- then you sure as hell better cast a lead actor with command of the screen.

Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood

April 15, 2014
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