Locke Reviews

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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.
January 5, 2015
As you'd expect from a story that never leaves the confines of a car, Locke is intense and claustrophobic.
January 5, 2015
Hardy makes for a compelling psychological tour guide, utilizing much more than his right foot to add forward momentum.
August 22, 2014
If there has been a better cautionary tale for men since Fatal Attraction, I can't think of it, but Locke is about more than fidelity. It's a thriller about the horrors of modern life. All that technology, but who can save him?
May 16, 2014
"Locke" is one riveting film.
May 15, 2014
For the most part, it works like gangbusters.
May 15, 2014
As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe.
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.
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.
May 9, 2014
A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
May 1, 2014
A magnificent drama that resounds with powerful, universal themes.
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.
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