Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 26, 2011
    75
    There's even a shootout sequence that plays out, from start to finish, while our hero is in flagrante. That's something I don't believe I've ever seen in a movie.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 25, 2011
    63
    Heard sets herself up as a Megan Fox with talent. And Cage? He delivers. Mock him for his bad choices if you will, but consider this. Who else could have made this work, or would even want to?
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Feb 25, 2011
    60
    A trio of stridently weird performances--from Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, and David Morse--brighten this otherwise rote actioner.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 3, 2011
    50
    "Drive Trashy" would be a more accurate title for the first 45 minutes of this gore-spurting, sex-flaunting romp. And that's the good part.
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 26, 2011
    50
    Apart from some half-cartoonish digital effects and the whole 3-D thing, Drive Angry could almost be mistaken for a raunchy, cheesy exploitation programmer of the same vintage as some of its cars.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 26, 2011
    50
    Pure grindhouse, so committed to its own junkiness that it is, in its way, a pleasure to behold.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 26, 2011
    50
    It all hangs together, more or less, which seems like enough.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 25, 2011
    50
    Drive Angry feels like a five-minute Comic Con show reel that's been expanded beyond its limits. It's agonizingly cool.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 25, 2011
    40
    Director Patrick Lussier and his co-screenwriter Todd Farmer string together smash-up car chases, hyper-violent physical clashes, flying viscera and a dollop of sex and nudity with ludicrous dialogue and only a passing concern for logic in this high-octane trash.
  15. 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?
  16. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt
    Feb 22, 2011
    40
    A shambling, ponderous mess that aims to be a trashy cult classic and merely ends up in the trash - Fichtner aside. And, in the biggest disappointment of all, there's not even that much angry driving in it.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 26, 2011
    38
    Patrick Lussier is listed as The Director, though I saw no evidence of anyone in control.
  18. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 26, 2011
    33
    Even the film's one "original" twist is just a desperate attempt to link it up to Ghost Rider, the only lousy Nicolas Cage action film that is actually spawning a sequel.
  19. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 3, 2011
    30
    "When you race with the devil, you'd better be fast as hell." (And you, angry driver, are not that fast.)
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 26, 2011
    30
    Cage's avenger is named Milton; this reference to the author of Paradise Lost is the sole hint that Old World culture ever existed in Drive Angry's convoy of hyperbolized-unto-parody Americana: bad drawls, obese gawkers, roadhouse demonology, coochie-cutter shorts, and engines revving under guitar stomp.
  21. 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.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 12 out of 35
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    6
    The movie smells like "Grindhouse", but "Drive Angry 3D" has level of unpredictable humor, cleaner violence (if you compare this to Tarantino's or Rodriguez's), and crazy story line that, believe me or not, does a better job than "Grindhouse" Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2011
    6
    If you saw the poster of the movie and thought of a movie with abundant action and car chases, well, your wrong. "Drive Angry 3D" is a revenge exploitation (Not sure of that) film about....revenge. It's excessive with blood and gore as well as hell. The story goes up the hill with inane 3D effects as well as the arrogant dialogue, but you'll like it thanks to the sexy Amber Heard and a cool ass Nicholas Cage (Ya know, Nicholas Cage could actually continue his career with acting in B-grade movies like these) . Overall I would advise you to rent it, but watch it with pure fun. R) 5.5 Full Review »
  3. Jun 2, 2011
    3
    I don't know how much more the big screen can take from an increasingly timeworn, disheveled action star, whose movie roles are as hit-or-miss as his receding hairline; though not all to blame. "Drive Angry" is a bottom-rung action flick that comes up short--never seizing any sort of connection with its viewers; lacking any sort of directorial control, intactful character progression and substance, shoddy special effects, and overdone, often intolerant lewdness situated amongst the most unbelieving of circumstances. The film is host to a lasting effect of shortcoming; creating a smutty after taste of despondency and a near failure of a movie. The result, a plethora of plot holes and ambiguity camouflaged by shots of pneumatic rears, bouncing breasts, and overall insipidness. Full Review »