Pusher Reviews

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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
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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
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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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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
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 22, 2012
If Refn made Pusher, then Prieto sets out to make Pushest.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 11, 2012
Another cheap 'n' nasty London gangster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
Film.com
October 4, 2012
A bit livelier at turning the same screws.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2012
Richard Coyle and a strong supporting cast lend interest to a London-set remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish gangster thriller.