In grabbing our attention, [Refn] diverts it from what matters. The horror lingers and seeps; the feelings are sponged away.
-Anthony LaneFull Review
The extreme and escalating violence will prove off-putting to some-frankly, I'm surprised not to have been among them-but for the rest, Drive is a needle-punch of adrenaline to the aorta.
-Christopher OrrFull Review
In reworking genres without quoting shamelessly, Refn proves himself his own man and a guy quite capable of taking us places we didn't even know we wanted to go.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush.
-Tom LongFull Review
This is no antic-frantic affair; instead, it's a cerebral game of stop-and-go, hide-and-seek, as the director behind the camera handles things exactly like the guy behind the wheel - with a stylish mixture of cold calculation and cool aplomb.
-Rick GroenFull Review
The pace of this film is a beautiful thing to behold, as Drive is a patient but taut thriller.
-Laremy LegelFull Review
For stone-cold, retro action fans who are tired of all these over-edited, underachieving thrillers - well, here's one car chase movie that isn't running on empty.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Anyone watching Drive won't be able to take their eyes off Gosling. Playing a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals, he rocks like a young Steve McQueen or Robert De Niro.
-Peter HowellFull Review
Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn neatly manage the hat trick of paying homage to those wheelmen of yore while reinvigorating the genre with style, smarts and flashes of wit.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
It's fun, but the script, credited to Hossein Amini ("The Wings of the Dove"), is short on characterization and long on plot twists and wisecracks.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
It's a film in love with both traditional noir mythology and ultra-modern violence, a combination that is not ideal.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
The look is artfully stylized, influenced by classic film noir; the mood is dark; the performances nuanced; and the story unnervingly exciting.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Mainstream audiences will probably be confounded by "Drive," while lovers of gritty filmmaking will defend every exaggerated shotgun wound as art. Know which camp you're in before you enter the theater.
-Peter HartlaubFull Review
For all the movement in Drive, the quiet, deathly still moments are the ones that count.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
The first half of Drive unfolds like a romantic reverie.
-Chris VognarFull Review
Tasty, if sketchy, modern noir with car chases and bloody action that should turn the trick for genre-seeking audiences.
-Todd McCarthyFull Review
[Gosling] and this powerful film, which is ultimately about a moment of grace, deserve each other. He's the medium's most graceful minimalist.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
To invest oneself emotionally in the central relationship, or the movie itself, would be akin to investing oneself emotionally in one's car. But when the car looks this good and drives this fast, why not?
-Jessica WinterFull Review
"Drive" is somber, slick and earnest, and also a prisoner of its own emptiness, substituting moods for emotions and borrowed style for real audacity.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
"Drive" is a fine and stylish, if ultraviolent, ride, filled with unexpectedly askew camera angles, nighttime lighting worthy of Raymond Chandler, and nuanced performances.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
Enters the viewer like a sharp unseen blade.
-Dana StevensFull Review
A shamelessly entertaining genre movie from director Nicolas Winding Refn that plays like an exalted episode of Miami Vice or a stealth version of Shane.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
Sometimes a movie knows you're watching it. It knows how to hold and keep you, how, when it's over, to make you want it all over again.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
Drama requires emotions and cool requires their suppression. The tautly paced, peerlessly stylish crime drama "Drive" has it both ways.
-Colin CovertFull Review
Though it easily surpasses most American action flicks, it suffers from the old commercial imperative of making the protagonist a nice guy, something Refn has seldom bothered with in Europe.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Before long, and then with grinding relish, "Drive" becomes one garishly sadistic set piece after another.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
Here is still another illustration of the old Hollywood noir principle that a movie lives its life not through its hero, but within its shadows.
-Roger EbertFull Review
What ultimately makes Drive so compelling is its characters - sketches given dimension and heft by a superb cast.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
Drive revels in sensory detail; it's a visually and aurally edgy Euro-influenced American genre movie about the coolness of noir-influenced American genre movies about the coolness of driving - especially in L.A.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
Think of "Drive" as the cinematic equivalent of riding in a car that projects a fashionably stylish image. Sure, the gas mileage may be terrible and the engine unreliable, but it's such a smooth, good-looking ride that you'll put up with the annoyances.
-Randy CordovaFull Review