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Though Driver is a lone wolf by nature and professional necessity, his icy
exterior starts to melt the second he shares an elevator with his new high-rise
neighbor, Irene. When he sees her again at the grocery store
with her young son, Benicio, struggling with a stalled engine that
won't turn over, he can't help but offer them a ride. Pretty soon he is,
happily, driving them everywhere. While Irene works her waitress shifts, Driver
watches Benicio, and they soon settle into an unexpected domestic bliss.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good From the beginning, it's clear this is not a standard-order action film. It takes its characters as seriously as its chases, shootouts, and fights. Neither aspect is short-changed, and the music and cinematography are used to establish and sustain tone. This is a moody film, with moments of understated, dark humor and bleakness. Most importantly, it shows that movies can generate a testosterone-and-adrenaline cocktail without requiring viewers to undergo a frontal lobotomy to appreciate the result.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Drive" looks like one kind of movie in the ads, and it is that kind of movie. It is also a rebuke to most of the movies it looks like. Here is a movie with respect for writing, acting and craft. It has respect for knowledgable moviegoers. There were moments when I was reminded of "Bullitt," which was so much better than the films it inspired. The key thing you want to feel, during a chase scene, is involvement in the purpose of the chase. You have to care.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good The look is artfully stylized, influenced by classic film noir; the mood is dark; the performances nuanced; and the story unnervingly exciting. Drive has an almost moralistic fairy-tale quality amid the graphic violence. Driver is both a protector of the innocent and a punisher of evildoers. A brutal beating in an elevator is an unforgettable scene for its juxtaposition with a tender kiss. Thoroughly immersing, Drive leaves the competition in the dust.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 44 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly all the teens enjoyed "Drive" very much with most loving it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:It appears that males in this age group either loved it or hated it. The younger and older males mostly enjoyed "Drive," so you might want to take that into consideration. The one female also didn't enjoy "Drive."
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are fairly similar. Approximately three-quarters enjoyed it very much with quite a few loving it. Unfortunately, there are a few who only rated it as average or lower.
A Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie
productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night.
Though a loner by nature, Driver (Ryan Gosling) can't help falling in love with his beautiful
neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a
dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar
After a heist intended to pay off Standard's protection money spins
unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl
he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks
and Ron Perlman). But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than
the bag of cash in his trunk—that they're coming straight for Irene and her
son—Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.