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Drive Reviews

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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
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
It's understandable that the hipster critical mob would put its stamp of approval on this one.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2011
Before long, and then with grinding relish, "Drive" becomes one garishly sadistic set piece after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
September 18, 2011
Winner of the Best Director prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, "Drive" is a stylish film that doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a thriller? A romance? A heist film? All of the above? To be honest, I really don't know
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 16, 2011
A movie with the title Drive should not be left in 'park.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Rob Gonsalves
September 19, 2011
It is the autumn's first golden boy after a summer of lightweight superhero fare, but is truly no richer in thought or spirit than the shallowest comic-book flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 17, 2011
An artsy, self-conscious, existentialist stillness reigns - or, more accurately, tedium. Hyper-stylish, it idles in, then stalls out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 15, 2011
"Drive" is somber, slick and earnest, and also a prisoner of its own emptiness, substituting moods for emotions and borrowed style for real audacity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 15, 2011
Though it easily surpasses most American action flicks, it suffers from the old commercial imperative of making the protagonist a nice guy, something Refn has seldom bothered with in Europe.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 16, 2011
For me, Drive is all attitude, punctuated by unpleasant bursts of violence. If that's what passes for cutting-edge filmmaking, or storytelling, we're in trouble.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 20, 2011
In grabbing our attention, [Refn] diverts it from what matters. The horror lingers and seeps; the feelings are sponged away.
Widgett Walls
September 16, 2011
It's probably not the film that the trailer would lead you to believe that it is. I think it tries to be more than that and I don't think it makes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 20, 2011
Refn ... is an avid fan of American thrillers and is clearly familiar with most of its clichés. Every one is displayed, in one sequence or another, during the film.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 12, 2011
Why would Gosling, a fascinatingly cerebral actor, take a role so far inside his comfort zone? Does he long to strike action-icon poses -- to be the new Nic Cage?
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011
It's a film in love with both traditional noir mythology and ultra-modern violence, a combination that is not ideal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Rosen
September 16, 2011
Refn has made a movie where the main characters barely speak and take themselves so seriously, that a little levity, at times, might have helped.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This is pop art of the highest degree.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Hands down the coolest film of 2011, Drive is a stylised genre film where the genre is constantly changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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