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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.
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
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
January 5, 2015
Hardy makes for a compelling psychological tour guide, utilizing much more than his right foot to add forward momentum.
May 16, 2014
"Locke" is one riveting film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 15, 2014
For the most part, it works like gangbusters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 15, 2014
As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2014
The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 9, 2014
Knight's strength is his writing, and arguably, Locke would be almost as good set on a stage with a man sitting on a chair. But then you'd miss the details of Hardy's face in a film that is all about an actor's vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2014
A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 8, 2014
The film feels like an exercise in dramatic style, and maybe that's enough for some people. But whether it's for me or for the characters, I need an exercise to generate a little more sweat.
May 8, 2014
Hardy rises to the gimmick and grounds "Locke" with a performance as watchably charismatic as it is minimalist. You can't take your eyes off him - which is fortunate since there's no one else there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2014
In the hands of actor Tom Hardy, the story is surprisingly engrossing and compelling, due to Hardy's great skill as an actor and Knight's finely wrought script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2014
Can we talk for a moment about how amazing it is that a movie like this even exists?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2014
In many ways, the movie feels like the reply to a question: What would happen if we pared down moviemaking to its simplest, most elemental bones?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 5, 2014
With tremendous work by actor Tom Hardy anchoring a film that is ripe with dramatic tension, Locke is entirely absorbing despite the limitations imposed by the setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2014
The movie's greatest asset by far is Hardy, whose rich, unflappable tones, even in times of high emotional pressure, bear a distinct echo of Richard Burton ...
May 2, 2014
One of my favorite movies of the last couple years. Great script, Tom Hardy is f*!&ing brilliant in role.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 1, 2014
A magnificent drama that resounds with powerful, universal themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 1, 2014
Of course, the idea of setting a film around a person trapped in a confined space (Buried) or open space ( Gravity) can seem like a gimmick. But when it's done well, as it is here, it's something else: a cinematic joyride.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2014
Shot in just eight nights using a car mounted with three cameras, "Locke" is a terrific example of resourceful, inventive filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2014
The conceit is riveting at first because Knight forgoes any backstory or exposition, though as the foreman's plight becomes clear, the tension quickly dissipates.
May 1, 2014
It sounds like a kind of show-off trick, and maybe it is. But it doesn't matter. Hardy is magnetic, using nothing but his voice and his eyes to captivate.
May 1, 2014
"Locke" is a solo act, and Tom Hardy is its superbly talented soloist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2014
Cinema is not about special effects, but about human emotion and a face in close-up. For those in doubt, "Locke" is the proof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2014
Somehow, miraculously, Knight and Hardy turn that car into the only place you want to be for every one of those minutes.
April 28, 2014
In Locke, we ride shotgun with Tom Hardy as he makes a fateful nighttime drive to London. He is the only person we see on screen for the entire film. There are worse ways to spend 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2014
Wearing a beard and a Welsh accent that fits him as comfortably as a well-worn glove, Hardy offers a subtle yet riveting portrait in noble obstinacy.
April 25, 2014
Tours don't come much more forceful. Once you've taken this 90-odd-minute drive with Tom Hardy, you'll never forget his face.
April 25, 2014
The self-imposed minimalism of the conceit challenges Knight to make a compelling cinematic work. And it challenges the actor playing the title character more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 24, 2014
Writer-director Steven Knight keeps the gimmick going with new complications Locke thinks he can manage with his typical supreme competence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2014
Locke is the most unexpected, brilliant, captivating movie of the year so far.
April 24, 2014
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not.
April 24, 2014
As a visual tour-de-force, Locke is workmanlike and mechanical. As a piece of drama it amounts to watching an easy-to-read character check off the boxes on an existential to-do list.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 24, 2014
Moment by moment, with a twitch, a shudder, a look, it's Mr. Hardy who movingly draws you in, turning a stranger's face into a life.
April 24, 2014
Knight has enough faith in his dialogue (and in Hardy's ability to perform it) to cloister an entire feature film inside one vehicle, and it's a gamble that pays off brilliantly.
April 24, 2014
Locke is a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is a blazing wonder as Locke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 24, 2014
Tom Hardy, the actor who plays [Locke], is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling.
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April 24, 2014
Locke, as fascinating as it is in theory, never evolves into anything more than a glorified acting exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 23, 2014
Luckily, Hardy is compelling enough here to drive - forgive the pun - the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2014
I can't think of anyone I'd rather see white-knuckled behind the wheel than Hardy, who with his bravura performance here has turned me into a true believer.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 23, 2014
Writer-director Stephen Knight gets more suspense out of the restricted nature of Locke's predicament than you would ever think possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2014
The film's modus operandi-set entirely in an automobile-hinders the script's ability to evolve into anything resonant.
April 22, 2014
Although we're never taken far beyond the hero's windshield, it's still very much a movie rather than some stagebound theater piece.
January 30, 2014
Tom Hardy owns this taut, telling character study.
September 8, 2013
This is a masterclass in how the most local, most hemmed-in stories can reverberate with the power of big, universal themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2013
An exceptional one-man show for Tom Hardy, this ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise.
September 8, 2013
A virtuoso narrative and technical experiment that doesn't stint on dramatic complexity or heart.