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  • Summary: Ivan Locke has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. With one phone call, that life will collapse around him.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 9, 2014
    100
    That is the sum of writer/director Steven Knight's movie: a man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 24, 2014
    100
    Tom Hardy, the actor who plays him, is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling. At a time when the studios are spending vast sums of money on a bigger-is-better aesthetic, here's a chamber piece with the impact of high drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 1, 2014
    90
    It is exceptional acting, and Locke is a tremendous piece of filmmaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    This ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 24, 2014
    80
    Mr. Knight keeps a fairly steady distance from Ivan — underscoring certain tense passages with tighter close-ups — but moment by moment, with a twitch, a shudder, a look, it’s Mr. Hardy who movingly draws you in, turning a stranger’s face into a life.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 1, 2014
    75
    Cinema is not about special effects, but about human emotion and a face in close-up. For those in doubt, Locke is the proof.
  7. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Sep 17, 2013
    40
    Full credit to Hardy and Knight for making a film such as Locke. Low-budget film-makers could learn a lot from their method. And yet – having stripped away all but the bare necessities, having reduced the components to a car and a man – they make a classic error of overcompensation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
  1. Apr 27, 2014
    10
    Locke may be a gritty, hard hitting movie, but it's real highlight is Tom Hardy. Director Steven Knight explores the life of Ivan LockeLocke may be a gritty, hard hitting movie, but it's real highlight is Tom Hardy. Director Steven Knight explores the life of Ivan Locke (played by Tom Hardy) gets a mysterious phone call, which changes his life. Knight never stops the thrills, non stop thrills, with excellent acting by Hardy and his amazing accent. Locke is a new movie, something other directors haven't tried before. It's a pulp, thrilling and gritty drama that is worth watching in theatres. Ignore Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones, The Other Woman and A Haunted House 2 and watch Locke, a well directed and acted movie. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2014
    10
    Never a fan of Hardy but this is a performance for which the Oscars are made. Brilliant. A man, a car and a mobile phone come together toNever a fan of Hardy but this is a performance for which the Oscars are made. Brilliant. A man, a car and a mobile phone come together to answer the question: what is "our life sentence". A small morality play that makes us rethink our lives and the paths we take. Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2014
    9
    A24 has done it again! Simply an amazing film and all shot inside a car. Only a really talented director and actor could've pulled this off.A24 has done it again! Simply an amazing film and all shot inside a car. Only a really talented director and actor could've pulled this off. I hope Tom Hardy gets some Award Season attention because he really is great playing off the 4 cell phone conversations he has throughout the movie. If I had one complaint, it would be the few scenes where Locke stopped the movie to detail his "daddy issues". Those parts just felt really awkward and kinda corny. Other than that, thumbs up! Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    8
    Locke is a surprisingly engaging movie. I've seen movies that span years that are far more boring. The screenplay was good, Tom Hardy didLocke is a surprisingly engaging movie. I've seen movies that span years that are far more boring. The screenplay was good, Tom Hardy did great, and the camerawork was beautiful. It's definitely not for everyone though. Its premise is extremely stripped down, which in many ways does limit it, but it also proves that a movie doesn't need a huge budget, or hundreds of locations to be good. Locke makes the best of an extremely compact concept. Does that make it perfect? No. It's too small a film to become truly enthralling, but it's not boring either. It's an insanely risky idea that's proven to actually work through impeccable craftsmanship. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2015
    7
    Over the course of a 90 minute car ride, Tom Hardy extraordinarily carries this film from his driver seat. Locke is both intriguing andOver the course of a 90 minute car ride, Tom Hardy extraordinarily carries this film from his driver seat. Locke is both intriguing and contemplative - in all of the right ways. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2014
    6
    This is Tom Hardy's one-man-show, in a literary sense, the entire film is exclusively shot in a car while he is driving to London at night,This is Tom Hardy's one-man-show, in a literary sense, the entire film is exclusively shot in a car while he is driving to London at night, and taking successive phone calls (thanks to the convenient Bluetooth technology) and trying to keep his life from tearing apart. And it is all because that he believes he is correcting his wrongs by making the right choice, even the risk is that he will lose everything he has, a well-paid job, a rosy career and a perfect family.
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  7. May 31, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. And for 90 minutes, we try to understand - why Locke is risking everything, destroying his happy existence, when he doesn't actually have to. Very frustrating to watch this. He throws everything away so that he can try to keep a promise, that he doesn't even keep. Complete fail in all areas . . family, job and love child. Expand

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