Twentieth Century Fox | Release Date: July 28, 1978 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 13 Critics
Positive:
6
Mixed:
6
Negative:
1
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As ludicrous as the dialogue by screenwriter/director Walter Hill may be, the film's visual scheme is hypnotic. Dark, moody and muscular, its style gets under your skin even if your brain rebels. [21 Aug 1978, p.66]
50
The Driver is a chase melodrama abstracted to the verge of pointlessness. [31 July 1978, p.B1]
50
Perhaps Hill simply failed in his attempt to make of The Driver something more than an action picture. The trouble is that he doesn't do enough to elevate the film above the level of the genre. [29 July 1978]
50
Hill attempted to stylize gangster characters and conventions, and although he succeeded in the action sequences, which have a near-abstract visual power, the stylized characters, with their uninflected personalities, flatten the movie out.