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Locke Reviews

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Brian Formo
CraveOnline
April 25, 2014
Locke, commendable as sections may be, just sorta runs out of gas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
David Berry
National Post
May 15, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
August 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sam Fragoso
RogerEbert.com
April 22, 2014
The film's modus operandi-set entirely in an automobile-hinders the script's ability to evolve into anything resonant.
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
May 1, 2014
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.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
April 24, 2014
Locke, as fascinating as it is in theory, never evolves into anything more than a glorified acting exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
May 8, 2014
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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
May 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 17, 2014
A failed attempt at cinematic minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 30, 2014
Hardy rises to the challenge of the format, yet the film fails to generate much suspense or sympathy.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
April 18, 2014
Writer-director Steven Knight tries too hard to make us love his hard-working, old-school everyman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
May 15, 2014
That solo time in the car, predictably, gets trying to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2 stars
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
April 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 5, 2014
Despite Hardy's impressive solo tour de force, 'Locke' is ultimately a talky trip to a pretty sappy destination.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 15, 2014
As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emine Yildirim
Today's Zaman (Turkey)
February 29, 2016
Writer-director Steven Knight's Locke is literally a one-man show that rests on the able shoulders of actor Tom Hardy.
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
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