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Drive Reviews

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January 4, 2012
Young directors would do well to take a cue or two from Refn when it comes to telling an engrossing story, because when a filmmaker with real vision is at the wheel, even the familiar can feel fresh, new, and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 3, 2012
The real star of this film is the direction of cult Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, making his Hollywood debut.
December 28, 2011
"Drive" is not the "Fast and Furious" knockoff you might think it is based on the advertising. It is far more artistic and thoughtful than any of those films could ever hope to be. Consider it a thinking man's action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 22, 2011
Action and smarts don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. But director Nicolas Winding Refn ('Bronson') deftly blends them in 'Drive,' a phenomenally entertaining movie that employs a haunting soundtrack, clever direction and entertaining characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 7, 2011
A firecracker up the backside of the bloated modern action movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2011
Drive's most striking movie reference might be the one where you're watching Irene watch the Driver enact an especially awful beat-down. It's a moment that's at once frightening, tragic, and not startling enough.
November 15, 2011
It's a film that has its finger on the pulse of what's current and in style, and one that has solidified its place as the coolest film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 8, 2011
That rare film that can shock both with its uncommonly cool style and chillingly raw substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 7, 2011
This isn't a movie about action, it's a movie about fate, coincidence, and penance before the clock runs out.
November 1, 2011
A deliberately paced hybrid of high and low art, one that burns ice-cold with meticulous steadicam shots and hypnotic slow-motion, effortless coolness and stylish intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 28, 2011
Drive works if you succumb to its broad brush strokes of emotion, the plot propelled by vague ambition and greed, the lush cinematography and the dreamy 80s inspired synthesiser soundtrack.
October 26, 2011
One of this year's most original, entertaining and frankly shocking American movies.
October 26, 2011
What Drive is trying to do is very clear, but clear intent doesn't forgive a film that's mostly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 26, 2011
If you can make it through one viewing, I dare say Drive is a film you're going to want to watch again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 25, 2011
Ultra-violent, ultra-tedious, bargain-basement rip-off of the classic 1978 Walter Hill film The Driver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 23, 2011
Drive, above all else, reminds us why Gosling has been hailed as the new Sean Penn, or even a 21st-century Brando. He is outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 22, 2011
It is ironic how much filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn uses the brakes in pacing this noirish art house thriller
October 22, 2011
A gripping heist thriller with a difference, Drive relies on subtleties, surprises and shocks as it keeps the audience engrossed
October 16, 2011
A laboratory distillation, but a fairly ravishing one
October 9, 2011
While you could lean back and nod along to Refn's posturing, the film plays more like an exercise in turn-of-the-Eighties nostalgia, a movie-length strong-silent swagger inspired by the art on a VHS box.
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