Drive Reviews

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September 16, 2011
Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush.
September 16, 2011
This is no antic-frantic affair; instead, it's a cerebral game of stop-and-go, hide-and-seek, as the director behind the camera handles things exactly like the guy behind the wheel - with a stylish mixture of cold calculation and cool aplomb.
September 16, 2011
The pace of this film is a beautiful thing to behold, as Drive is a patient but taut thriller.
September 16, 2011
With its wild tonal shifts and blood-spattered back half, 'Drive' dances right up to the edge of parody, but miraculously doesn't cross it.
September 16, 2011
For stone-cold, retro action fans who are tired of all these over-edited, underachieving thrillers - well, here's one car chase movie that isn't running on empty.
September 16, 2011
Anyone watching Drive won't be able to take their eyes off Gosling. Playing a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals, he rocks like a young Steve McQueen or Robert De Niro.
September 16, 2011
Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn neatly manage the hat trick of paying homage to those wheelmen of yore while reinvigorating the genre with style, smarts and flashes of wit.
September 16, 2011
It's fun, but the script, credited to Hossein Amini ("The Wings of the Dove"), is short on characterization and long on plot twists and wisecracks.
September 15, 2011
It is a volatile situation, and Refn plays that off the minimalist storyline, stripped-down dialog, retro electronic soundtrack, and cool compositions.
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
The look is artfully stylized, influenced by classic film noir; the mood is dark; the performances nuanced; and the story unnervingly exciting.
September 15, 2011
An amazing thriller, a modern examination of heroism filtered through the fairy tale culture of the underbelly of the movie machine that is easily one of the most memorable and effective films of not just this year but the last several.
September 15, 2011
Mainstream audiences will probably be confounded by "Drive," while lovers of gritty filmmaking will defend every exaggerated shotgun wound as art. Know which camp you're in before you enter the theater.
September 15, 2011
For all the movement in Drive, the quiet, deathly still moments are the ones that count.
September 15, 2011
The first half of Drive unfolds like a romantic reverie.
September 15, 2011
Tasty, if sketchy, modern noir with car chases and bloody action that should turn the trick for genre-seeking audiences.
September 15, 2011
I can't remember the last time I felt so seduced by a film.
September 15, 2011
[Gosling] and this powerful film, which is ultimately about a moment of grace, deserve each other. He's the medium's most graceful minimalist.
September 15, 2011
To invest oneself emotionally in the central relationship, or the movie itself, would be akin to investing oneself emotionally in one's car. But when the car looks this good and drives this fast, why not?
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.
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