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Drive Reviews

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Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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
Dominic Corry
December 7, 2011
A firecracker up the backside of the bloated modern action movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
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.
Stephen Lambrechts
IGN Movies AU
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011
That rare film that can shock both with its uncommonly cool style and chillingly raw substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 7, 2011
This isn't a movie about action, it's a movie about fate, coincidence, and penance before the clock runs out.
Tom Clift
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
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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.
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
October 26, 2011
One of this year's most original, entertaining and frankly shocking American movies.
William Kostakis
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
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-
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 22, 2011
It is ironic how much filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn uses the brakes in pacing this noirish art house thriller
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 22, 2011
A gripping heist thriller with a difference, Drive relies on subtleties, surprises and shocks as it keeps the audience engrossed
Fernando F. Croce
October 16, 2011
A laboratory distillation, but a fairly ravishing one
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 6, 2011
That rarity of rarities, an arty actioner that requires almost no excuses.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
October 6, 2011
Refn's style is to draw out scenes to make a slow film punctuated with strong violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
October 5, 2011
The film treats the audience with intelligence; it doesn't lay everything out and instead leaves you to do a little legwork too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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