Box Office - 06/18/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "DRIVE dynamically merges a traffic film noir plot with a cool retro look, evoking '60s classics like POINT BLANK and BULLITT."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/14/2011 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Here is a move with respect for writing, acting and craft. It has respect for knowledgeable moviegoers."
USA Today - 09/16/2011
"The look is artfully stylized, influenced by classic film noir; the mood is dark; the performances nuanced; and the story unnervingly exciting."
Wall Street Journal - 09/16/2011
"[G]osling and this powerful film, which is ultimately about a moment of grace, deserve each other. He's the medium's most graceful minimalist."
Total Film - 10/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is Gosling, along with Refn's meticulous, dynamic direction, that is the star of the show..."
Rolling Stone - 09/15/2011 4 stars out of 4 -- "Gosling is dynamite....Pure cinema, a grenade of image and sound ready to blow."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/23/2011
"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..." -- Grade: B+
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2011
"[W]ith well-staged, attention-grabbing chase sequences, a cool-for-cats central performance from Ryan Gosling...atmospheric cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel, and a tension-enhancing use of music and sound design..."
Uncut - 10/05/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "DRIVE is a welcome throwback to a sub-genre of stripped-down, existential action movies familiar from the late '70s and early '80s..."
Washington Post - 09/16/2011 4 stars out of 4 -- "Ryan Gosling delivers a slow, white-hot burn of a performance in DRIVE, a nervy, understated ode to one of Hollywood's most cherished archetypes, the sad-eyed man of few words."
A lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a freelance getaway wheelman, and he finds his solitary existence taking on new meaning after befriending Irene (Carey Mulligan), the lonely wife of convicted felon Standard (Oscar Isaac), and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Standard gets released from prison and is strong-armed into committing a bold daytime robbery, the Driver offers his services in an effort to help the repentant ex-con cut his ties to the criminal underworld. Things get complicated, however, when the robbery goes unexpectedly awry, and the Driver just barely manages to escape alive. When the take from the job proves to be stratospherically higher than the Driver was led to believe, it quickly becomes apparent that they were set up. Later, thugs threaten to kill Irene and Benicio, and all evidence points to transplanted New York crime boss Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and his hot-headed partner Nino (Ron Perlman) as the masterminds. As the Driver attempts to turn the tables on them, it becomes clear that the chain of command goes much higher than he could have ever anticipated.