Pusher Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2013
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2012
Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 1, 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 | Original Score: B-
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
The most original British gangster flick in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
October 27, 2012
Both the theme and the execution are formulaic, although Spanish director Luis Prieto shows some visual flair.
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
October 26, 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 | Original Score: 6/10
Jay Antani
Paste Magazine
October 26, 2012
a perfectly serviceable race-against-the-clock thriller thanks to a powerful lead performance from Richard Coyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 26, 2012
We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 25, 2012
Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2012
The remake undercuts most everything that made the original distinctive, its tangy, pungent sense of low-lifes and their environment swept away for a glam, stylized world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 25, 2012
There's an ugly, jittery beauty to "Pusher," a very fine British redo of a 1996 Danish movie of the same title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
October 25, 2012
... it feels like just another movie about crime and drugs as Frank's week goes from bad to worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 25, 2012
Prieto's remake capably mimics the original's breakneck energy without adding a single thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2012
If we haven't caught on from earlier films that drug pushing is a thankless persuasion, maybe this is the movie that will pound in the lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2012
Much glossier, more bright-lights-big-city, and less jolting than the gritty 1996 original.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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