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  • Summary: Milton is a hardened felon who has broken out for one last chance at redemption. Hell bent on stopping a vicious cult of fanatics who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice his infant granddaughter beneath a full moon. Milton must use his anger to go beyond all human limits in order to save his last connection with humanity. (Summit Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 28, 2011
    75
    The appeal of Drive Angry is much the same as that of "Piranha": a willingness to revel in absurdity to the degree where the exhilaration is infectious.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 25, 2011
    70
    Despite amply funded f/x, including some spectacular muscle-car stunts, the movie motors to the grindhouse with squealing tires and guitars, gratuitous nudity and gore, and a scantily clad greasy-spoon waitress endearingly played by Amber Heard.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Feb 26, 2011
    60
    Almost as bad as we want it to be, which is to say, it straddles the line between campy and legit without winning over either audience.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 25, 2011
    50
    Strictly for the midnight-movie crowd, Drive Angry serves up a non-stop stream of female nudity, flying body parts, gun battles and smart-alecky dialogue.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 25, 2011
    50
    Here is an exercise in deliberate vulgarity, gross excess, and the pornography of violence, not to forget garden variety pornography. You get your money's worth.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 25, 2011
    40
    We've seen Nicolas Cage when he's angry-and we like him when he's angry. So why does this painfully loud revenge movie skimp on the Cage rage?
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 26, 2011
    25
    Drive Angry is something new for Cage - a movie that feels like it's straight FROM cable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. Feb 28, 2011
    10
    Metacritic really needs to take a look at all those critic ratings they've listed as "50s" as they read more like "70s." This is a funny action picture that delivers. That's what all those critics are saying. They're not dissing it for miss the mark as a semi-satirical spin through '60s drive-in and/or grindhouse type fare. It's lewd, crude and it moves like gangbusters, with babes, muscle cars and lots of bizarre gratuitous violence and Satanist villains to boot! Terrific propulsive and plugged-in performances by Cage, Heard, Fichtner and Morse. It's a shame this film got dumped by the distributor but it will rock in home video as word of mouth will be super-strong for this super-wrong movie that gets just about everything, including the 3D, raucously and rudely, righteously and rawly right! Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2011
    10
    this was the most manly and bomb movie ever made, all of the critics that didn't like it have vaginas. the cars are awesome, the women are babes and the movie is awesome. Expand
  3. May 14, 2011
    7
    You have to take it for what it is. It's by no means a top of the line action flick. It does it's job as a grindhouse style movie with cool action and cheesy effects. Not as bad as a Nic Cage movie can be! Amber Heard is HOT! Expand
  4. Feb 25, 2011
    5
    It's an over the top Action movie, with bits of Comedy. I actually think I would've enjoyed the film a bit more if Nic Cage wasn't in it. I mean this guy could be considered one of the best damn actors in the biz if he didn't accept roles like this. Not that this is a bad role to take on, but it's a bad one for Cage. He needs to stick to Drama's damn it. This would've been a better role for Jason Statham type of Actor not fricken Nic Cage. Expand
  5. May 21, 2011
    4
    This movie seemed ridiculous, which is what made me want to watch it in the first place. This movie is funny because of Nic Cage, considering he's a horrible actor, which is why this movie just fails in the end. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2011
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" was not your typically passive moviegoing experience. The follow-up to the comparatively gentle "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" was confrontational art masquerading as a mainstream film. It contained moments of stupefying audacity that were both simultaneously puerile and archly ideological, and without fail, left audience's jaws on the floor due to the no-holds-barred approach the provocative comedian used to finesse his subjects into exposing themselves, their true selves. The worst of the bunch, hands down, the ugliest of the ugly Americans, has got to be the stage mother at the faux casting call interview, who doesn't have the decency to, at the very least, wince or do a double take, after already having failed to get that the joke is on her, when Cohen goes over his character's purported project, a photo shoot featuring a Nazi Germany crematorium scenario, in which her baby is either going to be the SS officer, or the Jew. Not in the same league as the holocaust, but nevertheless, bad in its own right, "Drive Angry 3D" surrounds its very young child around devil worshipers, whose leader, Jonah King(Billy Burke), plans on sacrificing with a ceremonial knife, in the midst of fast cars, fast women, and a whole lot of violence. If memory serves me right, the baby doesn't even have a name; its protector, John Milton(Nicholas Cage), couldn't be bothered with learning the name of his slain daughter's only child's name. It's just as well that the infant go nameless, because if the baby had an identity and been allowed to be more than a prop, the jeopardization of the dead man's granddaughter would have been all the more offensive. By remaining, what is essentially a live-action cartoon, the film's immature trappings desensitizes us to the creative bankruptcy of its exploitative narrative. It doesn't attempt to manipulate our feelings with gratuitous close-ups of the young girl. In fact, the moviegoer never does get a good look at her. She's just a body wrapped in a blanket. It's not the filmmaker's priority to make us care about anything, least of all, a child's welfare. Any semblance of urgent paternalism on John's part to safeguard his blood's blood from Satanic ritual gets neutralized by the film's preoccupation with spectacle, in which the twin pornographies(sex and **** violence) with its prevalence for motivational unilateralism, has a reductionist effect on the protagonist's role since his heroic actions are compromised by digressive acts, impediments to forward momentum that suggest a hidden agenda. This aesthetic of cross-purposes comes to the fore in the diner/motel sequence where sex and violence join forces in an emphatic shoot-'em-up so over-the-top, it suggests that one night stands played an important role in the damned man's decision to escape from hell. In a race against time to hunt down the kidnappers, John Milton finds time to have dangerous sex with a waitress, which belies the time sensitivity of the mission at hand. As a result, "Drive Angry 3D" has no urgency, no suspense, no drive. At Smithfalls, an abandoned Louisiana prison, site of the human sacrifice, John Milton, in his capacity as the hero, kills Jonah with the Godkiller, but not without causing a lot of collateral damage, in which he takes down the cult leader's followers, who should be rehabilitated, not murdered. This happy ending, the recovery of his granddaughter, epitomizes his callous disregard for extraneous people, akin to the incident back at that motel, where the waitress' life, hanging in the balance amidst heavy gunfire, doesn't stand in his way of achieving a(wink, wink, nudge, nudge) "happy ending" of another, euphemistic sort. After the mayhem dies down, John hands the girl over to Piper(Amber Heard), his foul-mouthed partner on this highway to hell, who doesn't seem all that thrilled about being a mother. Right about then would have been a good time for a close-up of the baby in an effort to help transform this human prop into flesh and blood, who is referred to("Your daughter's death will pale to what happens to the baby," said Jonah), but never spoken to. Piper says nothing. Some mother. Just like the one who signed off on "Drive Angry 3D". Expand
  7. Jun 3, 2011
    0
    This is probably the worst film (if you must call it that) i've ever seen. DO NOT! waste your time and money on this piece of sh!t !!! Can't believe the hign reting from the "critics" (yes, 44/100 is very very hi for this junk, it should be somewhere between 0 and 0.0001) Expand

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