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Pusher (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 12

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Based on the edgy and explosive series by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way. -- (C) Radius

Jun 25, 2013

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (22)

Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The characters that populate Pusher are surprisingly na´ve and hardly the brightest of bulbs. So much for the image of the wily, street-smart criminal.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The chief problem here is that Frank is neither likable nor very bright. For the most part, you're thinking, go ahead, bust his kneecaps.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Sniffing into the seams of England's multiculti capital, it's best at showing the grungy, hustling-and-bustling city as a place of slowly uncoiling despair. A hyper-charged, buzzy take on the London night-scene-and one man slipping under it, for no-good.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Prieto treats the experience like a music video, with superfluous visual ornamentation getting in the way of gritty suspense. Pusher is a sound and light show that should have its power strip unplugged.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Pusher has a neon-lit nervy energy -- at once slick and grungy -- and the sort of unabashed, screw-tightening rhythms that genre enthusiasts will embrace.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

The most original British gangster flick in years.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Both the theme and the execution are formulaic, although Spanish director Luis Prieto shows some visual flair.

October 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Pusher is unnecessary for Refn fans that have followed his work from the beginning, but is more worthwhile for new viewers since they don't know what they're in for.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

a perfectly serviceable race-against-the-clock thriller thanks to a powerful lead performance from Richard Coyle.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A remake of a 1996 Danish thriller, it's a pulsating, propulsive and nerve-racking film that breathes new life into a genre whose tropes wore out long ago.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Prieto's remake capably mimics the original's breakneck energy without adding a single thing.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Pusher

An intense and exhilarating knockout. It's a kinetic, gripping, hard-boiled and electrifying movie. An edgy, very stylish, fast-paced and well-crafted neo-noir that's a terrific interpretation of the original classic. Executive Producer, Nicolas Winding Refn gives full blessing and gladly takes part in this urbanized British version that's packed with style, cool, tension and is one hell of an adrenaline-fueled chase. An explosively entertaining and highly addictive thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Director, Luis Prieto crafts a sharp, tightly-coiled and exciting crime film that stays true to the material of the original and adding its own spin that works well for it. Richard Coyle is sensational. Zlatko Buric is brilliant, giving a fearless and intense performance as his signature character, Milo. Buric takes on the part from the original Danish trilogy that he helped make famous and delivers in his performance perfectly.
July 18, 2013
allan913

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One of the most disappointing remakes of all time in my opinion. Firstly, like most remakes, it is completely unnecessary. Secondly, it hasn't got an ounce of the intensity of the original and thirdly, it's like watching a rehearsal of a church play based on the original film. It's that bad. It's also the worst bit of casting I've seen for a very long time, they had the character of Frank completely wrong. Much like the cardboard cut out that Agyness Deyn is, it's all style over content but without the style. My initial joy at seeing that Zlatko Buric had returned to the role of Milo was soon shattered when it became obvious that he was in it for the money, nothing more and, as much as I love him, the less said about Paul Kaye's cartoon gangster the better. Sacrilege, watch the original instead.
March 22, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

This dark drama would be good if it wasn't just an updated translation of the original. Pusher follows the typical storyline of a drug dealer who is in a sticky situation and has to get X amount of money to a ruthless drug dealer or else death is most likely on the cards. So to sum up the plot it is really nothing new, maybe back in 1996 it held weight in that department and the remake may just be the template for some of the modern day films like this. When watching the original after seeing the remake you come to realise that Luis Prieto pretty much just re shot the original shot for shot, line for line. But what really is the worst factor with this movie and the same for the original is that the ending is too sudden and it felt like it needed a good 10-15 more minutes just so the viewer sees what happens next. I have not seen the sequels so I have no idea if they show what happens next or just reference it. Or maybe even never hint anything... which would suck. I did like Richard & Bronson 's performances and I believe Richard was better than his counterpart but I preferred Le Chiffre (Bond reference) to Bronson; and I thought Agyness was better but really the differences in performances are very minimal. But every time I think of this film I just realise it comes out with zilch originality and just takes the original and do it all again with no change. Don't expect a different ending, new scenes, unexpected twists or anything like that. The only big differences I can think of is someone that dies gets killed a different way to the original, Bronson is actually seen after the bat scene when Mads wasn't. Overall Pusher is a cool, dark & bleak look at a week in the life of a drug pusher. Containing a cool almost Drive like soundtrack (but no way near as good bar the Beat & the pulse remix), ok acting & it is a by the book, shot for shot; carbon copy remake of the original.
November 28, 2012
Luke Compton

Super Reviewer

    1. Flo: It's risky Frank.
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    1. Frank: I just need more time.
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