Drive

2011

Drive

Critics Consensus

With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action.

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79%

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User Ratings: 118,094
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Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can't help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard's protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they're coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. -- (C) FilmDistrict

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Cast

Albert Brooks
as Bernie Rose
Oscar Isaac
as Standard
Kaden Leos
as Benicio
Jeff Wolfe
as Tan Suit
Joey Bucarro
as Chauffeur
Joe Bucaro III
as Chauffeur
Tiara Parker
as Young Woman
Tim Trella
as Hitman #1
Jimmy Hart
as Hitman #2
Tina Huang
as Waitress
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Bearded Redneck
Craig Baxley, Jr.
as Masked Man #1
Craig Baxley Jr.
as Masked Man #1
Kenny Richards
as Masked Man #2
Joe Pingue
as Assistant Director #1
Dieter H. Busch
as Assistant Director #2
Chris Muto
as Caterer
Rachel Dib
as Newscaster
Rachel Dik
as Newscaster
Steve Knoll
as Movie Star
Mara LaFontaine
as Movie Star's Girlfriend
Teonee Tbrasl
as Police Officer
Teonee Thrash
as Police Officer
Ralph Lawler
as Basketball Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Drive

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (51)

  • What it had going for it was an uncanny and moving relationship between Gosling and Mulligan.

    Jun 24, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Ultra-violent, ultra-tedious, bargain-basement rip-off of the classic 1978 Walter Hill film The Driver.

    Oct 25, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A film that moves relentlessly forward, carrying you along so completely that it's only afterwards, if at all, that you begin to wonder about origins and plausibilities.

    Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By no means perfect, although it's hard to process the flaws while your insides are singing and you can't catch your breath.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Drive is a movie with power but is still directionless; the acceleration is great, but the steering needs looking at.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sure, it's shallow, but it's also slickly compelling, beautifully crafted and so damn shiny.

    Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Drive

  • Aug 26, 2016
    The patient-man's Transporter. I've never been much of a Ryan Gosling fan (probably why it took me five years to get around to watching Drive). I am a fan of virtually every other cast member in the movie, but I didn't know any of them were in it before I started watching it. Drive wasn't enough to bring me around on to the Ryan Gosling train, but I'll tell you who it definitely did put me on to: Director Nicolas Winding Refn. The direction is truly king here in Drive. There are a couple of stylistic choices that didn't work for me, like the repetitive vocal-heavy montages, and I was not at all enamoured by Gosling's character (he seemed like kind of a dick). But overall I was impressed, and will definitely be on the look out for Refn's work in future. Not only did Drive feature some grandly intense bursts of ultra-violence, it also gave me my first jump scare to make me actually jump in... God... Years. At least. Final rating:??? - I personally recommend you give it a go.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    An instant cult classic. Drive is visually stunning, has a well written story, great soundtrack which are all perfectly crafted by Nicolas Winding Refn. Drive is a masterpiece and is definitely worth your time!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2015
    When I first watched this movie all I could think about was how strange it was. Upon second viewing I found this movie much better. Ryan Gosling is flawless as a driver of very few words and elevates Drive to great height
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2013
    Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that: - He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark. - He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course. - He has perfected his visual style all the way from Pusher (1996) until Bronson (2008), including the immaculate camera placement and the golden lightning he uses for illuminating the darkest corners. The camera is a silent stalker, intimidating and seductive at the same time. This turned out to be hist most accessible feature. Winner of a Best Director award and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this is not a Hollywood movie. It is a film made in Hollywood by a director that has not resigned to his trademarks and plot-pacing features so that he could get financially greedy. It is a bomb of coolness and style that strikes the senses and assaults your expectations. This is the territory to which Cronenberg attempted twice to return to, placing Viggo Mortensen in more or less convincing roles. Not in this case. Here, violence becomes a protagonist and suspense becomes art. I love Ron Perlman. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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