Drive Reviews

  • Drive revels in sensory detail; it's a visually and aurally edgy Euro-influenced American genre movie about the coolness of noir-influenced American genre movies about the coolness of driving - especially in L.A.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Drive" is somber, slick and earnest, and also a prisoner of its own emptiness, substituting moods for emotions and borrowed style for real audacity.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The look is artfully stylized, influenced by classic film noir; the mood is dark; the performances nuanced; and the story unnervingly exciting.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Sometimes a movie knows you're watching it. It knows how to hold and keep you, how, when it's over, to make you want it all over again.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The film... has a kind of daredevil control, swerving dangerously close to and abruptly away from self-parody.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • For all the movement in Drive, the quiet, deathly still moments are the ones that count.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • [Gosling] and this powerful film, which is ultimately about a moment of grace, deserve each other. He's the medium's most graceful minimalist.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The first half of Drive unfolds like a romantic reverie.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • In reworking genres without quoting shamelessly, Refn proves himself his own man and a guy quite capable of taking us places we didn't even know we wanted to go.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...Two-thirds' worth of a pretty good to quite good action picture and one-third worth of affected, highfalutin, practically insufferably portentous, pretentious malarkey.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • In grabbing our attention, [Refn] diverts it from what matters. The horror lingers and seeps; the feelings are sponged away.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Here is still another illustration of the old Hollywood noir principle that a movie lives its life not through its hero, but within its shadows.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Before long, and then with grinding relish, "Drive" becomes one garishly sadistic set piece after another.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Though it easily surpasses most American action flicks, it suffers from the old commercial imperative of making the protagonist a nice guy, something Refn has seldom bothered with in Europe.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A shamelessly entertaining genre movie from director Nicolas Winding Refn that plays like an exalted episode of Miami Vice or a stealth version of Shane.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Drama requires emotions and cool requires their suppression. The tautly paced, peerlessly stylish crime drama "Drive" has it both ways.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Think of "Drive" as the cinematic equivalent of riding in a car that projects a fashionably stylish image. Sure, the gas mileage may be terrible and the engine unreliable, but it's such a smooth, good-looking ride that you'll put up with the annoyances.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Drive takes the tired heist-gone-bad genre out for a spin, delivering fresh guilty-pleasure thrills in the process.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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