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  • Summary: Drive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day, a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. WhenDrive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day, a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best—Drive! [FilmDistrict]
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Drive works as a great demonstration of how, when there's true talent behind the camera, entertainment and art are not enemies but allies.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 13, 2011
    100
    Drive feels like some kind of masterpiece - it's as pure a version of the essentials as you're likely to see.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 15, 2011
    88
    The movie has you from its nearly wordless opening sequence.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 15, 2011
    80
    So it's a fun, if not exhilarating, ride, one sped along with the help of a wonderfully assembled cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 16, 2011
    75
    With its emphasis on relationships and character, Drive can best be described as a thinking man's action film -- or at least, it could if it didn't ultimately feel so oddly slight. As it is, for all of its positives, it functions mostly as a guilty pleasure rather than as a movie that resonates the way, say, "Blue Valentine" does.
  6. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Sep 15, 2011
    75
    Nobody puts the "angst" in "gangster" like a European director. When the director's a Dane, you can count on gloomy, chilly visuals and deliberate pacing. And when the director is Nicolas Winding Refn, who made the "Pusher" series in his native country and "Bronson" in England, you can expect intense, often brutal spurts of violence.
  7. 40
    Every bit as dumb as August's "Conan the Barbarian" but awash in neon-lit nightscapes and existential dread, with killings so graphic that you can't entirely believe what you're gagging at.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 345
  1. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    One of the best movies in a very long, long time. Subtle, thrilling, funny, violent, with actors brilliantly performing their characters... IOne of the best movies in a very long, long time. Subtle, thrilling, funny, violent, with actors brilliantly performing their characters... I love how it has its own pace and the characters aren't completely revealed in a couple of sequences. That is a great virtue in my book.
    I've seen it 6 times in one month, and that would be impossible and unbearable if the movie was as empty and shallow as some people claim.
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  2. Feb 6, 2012
    10
    This movie has some of the greatest movie moments that I have seen in recent years. The cast is phenomenal, and Gosling was particularlyThis movie has some of the greatest movie moments that I have seen in recent years. The cast is phenomenal, and Gosling was particularly fantastic. This movie should have been nominated for best picture. The fact that it was neglected makes me question the Academy's judgment. Expand
  3. j30
    Sep 20, 2011
    10
    You're either going to love or hate this movie, as you can see from the user reviews already. Fantastic film, great on so many levels. ThankYou're either going to love or hate this movie, as you can see from the user reviews already. Fantastic film, great on so many levels. Thank God it wasn't a Hugh Jackman Fast and the Furious film, as it was planned before Ryan Gosling got the lead. In addition he personally chose director Nicolas Winding Refn.. However, more users would have liked it if Michael Bay directed and Hugh Jackman staring. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2011
    9
    If you see a trailer for this film and expect it to be another pile of Hollywood action crap, you are already wasting your time. "Drive" isIf you see a trailer for this film and expect it to be another pile of Hollywood action crap, you are already wasting your time. "Drive" is more noir and art house than a Hollywood movie. Ryan Gosling's character isn't a BAMF you wanna' be, but more of a complex character that is hard to figure out if you ever got to know him in real life. Go see this film if you want something that is both different and intelligent. The highlights include the acting, the synthpop/electro soundtrack, and it's B-movie violence (which isn't for everyone if you don't like graphic violence) Expand
  5. Feb 9, 2012
    8
    The first half of the movie or so is just kinda boring in my opinion but the second half more than enough makes up for it. This is not one tooThe first half of the movie or so is just kinda boring in my opinion but the second half more than enough makes up for it. This is not one too miss from 2011. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2012
    6
    The lure of this film is the magical prowess of a man who can drive a car with such skill that he is a like a Roman charioteer whipping hisThe lure of this film is the magical prowess of a man who can drive a car with such skill that he is a like a Roman charioteer whipping his horses and ferociously advancing into a battle. But instead of horses, Ryan Gosling has horsepower, and in spite of the brutal cinematic violence, this film has turned Ryan Gosling into a first-class superstar and sex symbol. He plays this character with understated perfection--he is calm, unflappable, and fiercely focused; he is a predator who is ready to swoop down on his enemies, and he never carries a gun. He just drives. But in spite of the fact that he is gainfully employed as both a garage mechanic and a Hollywood stuntman, Gosling's character is inexplicably attracted to the dark underworld of crime, and he has a third job as a getaway driver. The violent crime scenes are almost too hard to watch, and except for the opening scene and one later scene, the police are strangely absent as the driver or the "kid" goes on a killing rampage to protect the woman he has accidentally fallen in love with. He becomes more murderous than the most hardened mobsters, and their underestimation of who he is and what he can do means that they are doomed. But as perfect as Gosling is in this role, the film goes awry with an overload of violence that leads the viewer nowhere. The ending is inconclusive, leaving many loose ends that can never be tied up and failing to deliver a philosophy or a clear finale. Like the kid, this film just wants to drive. Nowhere. But it's great to watch Ryan Gosling in brilliant control of this vehicle. Expand
  7. Apr 30, 2012
    0
    WORST MOVIE EVER! Gosselings character was portrayed as mentally retarded. The love story, as well as the ridiculousness of virtually everyWORST MOVIE EVER! Gosselings character was portrayed as mentally retarded. The love story, as well as the ridiculousness of virtually every scene was laughable. If you liked this movie even a little, your a complete idiot who knows nothing about cinema. Expand

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