'Drive' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   19 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   241 reviews
  • Mark R. Leeper Mark Leeper's Reviews
    60
    Refn's style is to draw out scenes to make a slow film punctuated with strong violence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    That rarity of rarities, an arty actioner that requires almost no excuses.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sam Bathe Fan The Fire
    80
    The film treats the audience with intelligence; it doesn't lay everything out and instead leaves you to do a little legwork too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Damon Wise Uncut Magazine [UK]
    Terrific, pulpy stuff.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    75
    ...the film's irresistibly stylish atmosphere [compensates] for its general lack of context and substance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Neil Pond American Profile
    70
    Punctuates its long stretches of cool, carefully calculated menace with splattery spasms of shocking violence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses
    100
    full review at Movies for the Masses
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  • Wally Hammond Sight and Sound
    A more or less conventional Los Angeles-set hot-rod/getaway-driver movie with neo-noir decoration -- albeit satisfying enough on its own terms.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    100
    From its opening shots, Refn's movie is as cool and controlled as its protagonist... at once unhurriedly stylish and intensely gripping. You'd like to lean back and admire, but the action keeps pulling you to the edge of your seat.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Film4
    90
    One for fans of Taxi Driver and TV's Dexter, Drive is a film whose considerable style at first obscures just how much it'll get under your skin and stay there for weeks to come.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    Like the novels of Raymond Chandler and the paintings of David Hockney, Drive is both an accurate view of southern California's intoxicating sleaze and glamour and the filtering of it through a European sensibility.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Lovell CinemaDope
    88
    High-octane excitement for the art-house set ... Think 'Two-Lane Blacktop' meets Kubrick's 'The Killing' meets Bresson ... Gosling's King of Cool may be the new McQueen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Sexton This is London
    80
    A film that moves relentlessly forward, carrying you along so completely that it's only afterwards, if at all, that you begin to wonder about origins and plausibilities.
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  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    Hold on tight and prepare for the ride of your life.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brett McCracken Christianity Today
    75
    An artful, impressively made film, and one sure to excite cinephiles, everyday adrenaline junkies, and fans of stylized car chases set to an indie synthpop soundtrack.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mike Scott Times-Picayune
    75
    An unusually upscale, and surprisingly satisfying, action film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Mail
    80
    In proving that less is more, Rifn has sent out a message to Hollywood in this age of austerity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Catherine Jones Liverpool Echo
    The tension is agonising... then rubber burns, the engine revs and we hold on tight. For the next 90 minutes, we don't let go.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Adam Smith Radio Times
    80
    Like watching rats fight in a gorgeously lit bucket, this is compellingly nasty, but for those with stomach for it, Drive is a lot of fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Empire Magazine
    80
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  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    100
    Weighted with steely silences and sudden explosions of graphic violence, Drive confronts and dismantles our expectations with a hardened confidence that is all too rare in contemporary Hollywood filmmaking
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    80
    Winding Refn steals with such intelligence and thoughtfulness that there is a boldness and creativity to the film even though hardly a single moment of it is "original" in any way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Henry Fitzherbert Daily Express
    60
    Gosling exudes Steve McQueen-esque cool but there's not enough going on under the bonnets of these characters to justify the laboured, pretentious execution.
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  • Christopher Tookey Daily Mail [UK]
    80
    Gosling gives a laconic, sexy, quietly charming performance evocative of Steve McQueen, as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    80
    Stylishly directed and superbly written, this is an achingly cool, pulse-pounding thriller with a terrific central performance from Ryan Gosling. Great soundtrack too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago