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Locke Reviews

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David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 15, 2016
Together, Knight and Hardy take us on an extraordinary journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
It's an audacious picture, perhaps a bit gimmicky-but undeniably quite good, and possibly even great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 6, 2016
Knight's picture falls somewhere between experiment and triumph, but it ends up being as engrossing as it is because of the terrific work of Hardy as Ivan Locke.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
May 16, 2016
It's a mesmerisingly watchable movie that will leave you both exhilarated and wrung out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emine Yildirim
Today's Zaman (Turkey)
February 29, 2016
Writer-director Steven Knight's Locke is literally a one-man show that rests on the able shoulders of actor Tom Hardy.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
January 13, 2015
Tom Hardy's visceral performance in this one-man meltdown packs more drama than a half-dozen multi-character stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 5, 2015
[Hardy's performance is] the reason you'd see Locke, and the reason you may remember it fondly, long after the ride ends.
Nathan Southern
TV Guide
January 5, 2015
The fact that Locke delivers, then, is splendid news, especially for fans of onscreen minimalism and alternative approaches to familiar stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 5, 2015
Yes, it sounds like a gimmick. But Tom Hardy is so compelling, multilayered and terrific in the title role, this one-man show is never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
January 5, 2015
As you'd expect from a story that never leaves the confines of a car, Locke is intense and claustrophobic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
January 5, 2015
You don't want this movie to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
January 5, 2015
The thriller feel is aided and abetted by the fact that Knight traps us inside the world of a guy who is himself trapped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground
January 5, 2015
The feature's greatest achievement may stem from eliciting interest from its story, style and structure; however, it is its lead that sears its exploration of the inescapable inexplicably into memory.
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
January 5, 2015
Though Locke can't be seen as anything but a clever stunt, Hardy, soon to be starring as Mad Max, is mesmerizing company.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
January 5, 2015
One of the strengths of Locke is the way it explores masculinity, both in its classic and contemporary forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jesse Tigges
Columbus Alive
January 5, 2015
Locke surely won't be for everyone, but those looking to challenge their perceptions about what filmmaking can be, should surely check it out. You'll be appreciative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2015
At the heart of it there is Hardy, whose performance is both deeply humane and oddly robotic: a man with a single purpose -- get to that destination -- pursued relentlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 5, 2015
The spare scenario may not sound inspiring, but Locke's attempts to keep his life from unraveling during a series of telephone calls make for a suspenseful and impressive experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 5, 2015
Locke is nearly the very definition of ingenuity. And, in the end, you learn a little about concrete and a lot about what it takes to be a man.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 5, 2015
This is a remarkable cinematic experiment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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