Drive Reviews

February 8, 2019
Drive starts off strong and full of possibilities, but despite its fine action, it loses shape as it progresses, so that we become less instead of more engaged as it goes forward
November 13, 2018
The movie fails to transcend its genre film status...and never becomes something truly worthy of a big-shot film critic's time, which would be a movie that's more like a Sociology 101 class.
October 7, 2015
It's understandable that the hipster critical mob would put its stamp of approval on this one.
October 26, 2011
What Drive is trying to do is very clear, but clear intent doesn't forgive a film that's mostly flat.
October 25, 2011
Ultra-violent, ultra-tedious, bargain-basement rip-off of the classic 1978 Walter Hill film The Driver.
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.
September 20, 2011
In grabbing our attention, [Refn] diverts it from what matters. The horror lingers and seeps; the feelings are sponged away.
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.
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
September 17, 2011
An artsy, self-conscious, existentialist stillness reigns - or, more accurately, tedium. Hyper-stylish, it idles in, then stalls out.
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.
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.
September 16, 2011
A movie with the title Drive should not be left in 'park.'
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.
September 15, 2011
It's a film in love with both traditional noir mythology and ultra-modern violence, a combination that is not ideal.
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.
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.
September 15, 2011
Before long, and then with grinding relish, "Drive" becomes one garishly sadistic set piece after another.
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?
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.