Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for.
Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
There's an ugly, jittery beauty to "Pusher," a very fine British redo of a 1996 Danish movie of the same title.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
... it feels like just another movie about crime and drugs as Frank's week goes from bad to worse.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Much glossier, more bright-lights-big-city, and less jolting than the gritty 1996 original.
| Original Score: B
Pusher faithfully mimics Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish crime saga while missing its nasty, grungy spirit.
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.
If Refn made Pusher, then Prieto sets out to make Pushest.
Another cheap 'n' nasty London gangster flick.
A bit livelier at turning the same screws.
Richard Coyle and a strong supporting cast lend interest to a London-set remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish gangster thriller.