Pusher Reviews

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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 23, 2012
Pusher faithfully mimics Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish crime saga while missing its nasty, grungy spirit.
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David Fear
Time Out
October 23, 2012
Refn may have lent his name as an executive producer and his blessing to Spanish director Luis Prieto, but the inventiveness of the original is MIA.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
October 22, 2012
Do we really need another cautionary tale about an ambitious drug dealer dramatically falling from grace?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 22, 2012
If Refn made Pusher, then Prieto sets out to make Pushest.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 13, 2012
It's well enough made, but the plot is overly familiar.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 13, 2012
This Pusher is a pleasingly nasty little jab, but the buzz is simply too shallow and too short lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
October 12, 2012
This film may look sleek and urgent, but it never feels like anything more than a run-of-the-mill London drugs thriller. The cast is good, and the imagery is striking, but it never adds anything new to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 11, 2012
The Pusher remake may not have the full flavour of the original, but it makes brutally clear how the economics of drugs make paranoia and violence a fact of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 11, 2012
Another cheap 'n' nasty London gangster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
October 11, 2012
A tragic myth of our times, worth retelling and thrillingly retold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
October 11, 2012
'Pusher' is pretty empty of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 11, 2012
Pusher has gloss, panache and frenzy: three things missing from the average bog-standard British gangster film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 11, 2012
Has a fair amount of flashy momentum, and decent work from Richard Coyle in the lead, but plausibility is a disaster area.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
TwitchFilm
October 11, 2012
A fast-paced, slam-bang-ish, and tightly-coiled neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 11, 2012
An efficient but rather redundant London-set remake of the cult 1996 Danish drug thriller directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 10, 2012
Ultimately a pointless remake and a disappointing thriller to boot, thanks to a lack of energy and an over-familiar plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Mortimer
HeyUGuys
October 10, 2012
Pusher is an exciting, visceral and utterly compelling film!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
October 7, 2012
Luis Prieto's remake is ultra-stylish but it helps if you haven't seen Winding Refn's original Pusher trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
October 7, 2012
Nail-biting and genuinely heartbreaking moments mean it's emotionally involving, even if it isn't the cheeriest drug dealer saga in town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
October 4, 2012
A bit livelier at turning the same screws.
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