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Pusher (2012)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 3,611


Movie Info

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

R (for pervasive drug content and language, some strong sexuality, nudity and violence)
Drama , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jun 25, 2013
Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Pusher

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (22)

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012

The most original British gangster flick in years.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Daily Star

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2012

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012

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

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Pusher

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. Seriously, they swapped Mads Mikkelsen for Bronson Webb! My initial joy at seeing that Zlatko Buric had returned to the role of Milo was soon shattered too 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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

Al S

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.

Luke Compton
Luke Compton

Super Reviewer


Redundant remake that improves on nothing and botches what was good about the original. The only things this version has going for it are the synth-heavy soundtrack and Richard Coyle's charismatic performance.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Pusher Quotes

It's risky Frank.
– Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
I just need more time.
– Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)

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