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  • Summary: American thief, Simon Keller (John Cusack), arrives in a foreign country in need of a getaway driver. Rather than recruit one from the underworld, he takes a driving lesson from ex F-1 champion, Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane), now working as a driving instructor. After Keller robs a bank during the lesson, Roberts has no choice but to use his driving talent to get away from pursuing police and mobsters. Expand
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 1, 2014
    60
    Essentially a chase movie infused with buddy comedy elements, the film is a fast-paced, mildly entertaining lark that’s chiefly enlivened by Cusack’s droll performance.
  2. 50
    Here’s the sort of scruffy action comedy that suits the post-box office-draw careers of one-time hipster John Cusack and fading action star Thomas Jane. It covers the costs of a fun few weeks of working vacation in Australia and provides a few on-screen laughs along the way.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 30, 2014
    40
    If you’re not expecting too much, Drive Hard is mindlessly entertaining, but it lacks that spark of madness that might have made it truly fun. At least Cusack is able to shed some of his usual overseriousness.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 2, 2014
    40
    The fact that the film isn’t quite boring is about the most one can say for it.
  5. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Oct 2, 2014
    25
    There was a time when the very presence of someone like John Cusack could enliven otherwise normal movies, and lift worthier ones onto a higher plane. But films like Drive Hard are too slapdash to even allow for coherent performances, let alone movie-saving heroics.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Oct 9, 2014
    25
    It's just a bore, barely registering as a movie (visually, it looks more like an USA cable series), which is a shame, because with the oddball cast and somewhat notable director, it could have been fun and trashy. Instead, it's just forgettable.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 2, 2014
    20
    Airless, senseless — and seemingly endless — this clumsy heist movie, directed by the prolific schlockmaster Brian Trenchard-Smith, manages to make even the magnificent coastline of Queensland, Australia, feel dreary.

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