Lists: Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime / Heist, HPR Selects, Car Chases, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "A mysterious Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves."

Overall Ranking: 171 (Rank from 2011: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 77.27%
Regular 22.73%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Chris of This Is Madness100 - My ratings are on a five point scale, translated as such: 1 - Abysmal, 25 - Bad, 50 - Mediocre, 75 - Good, 100 - Great
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FilmHipster Chris Devine100
Skooch95(full review)
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick95(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread94(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown93(full review)
Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews92(full review)
Patrick Devitt90
J Bumgardner90
Maurice of Movie Mixology90(full review)
Steve Habrat90 - This noir-inspired, 80’s influenced retro picture thrives on its breakneck action, dismal atmosphere, ethereal electronic score, head-stomping violence, and an unforgettable performance from Ryan Gosling.
(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium88(full review)
That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes88(full review)
Entertainment Blur Rob85(full review)
Colin Carman85(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Thomas Pollock80
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Dan O'Neill70 - Drive has moments where it absolutely works with it’s stylish direction from Nicolas Winding Refn, great performances from the cast, especially Gosling, and some bloody and thrilling flashes of violence, but too much of it feels slow and features conversations that are more boring than one you would have with a wall.
(full review)

People Involved

  • Ryan Gosling (Driver)
  • Carey Mulligan (Irene)
  • Christina Hendricks (Blanche)
  • Albert Brooks (Bernie Rose)
  • Bryan Cranston (Shannon)
  • Ron Perlman (Nino)
  • Andy San Dimas (Stripper)
  • Oscar Isaac (Standard)
  • Kaden Leos (Benicio)
  • Jeff Wolfe (Tan Suit)
  • James Biberi (Cook)
  • Russ Tamblyn (Doc)
  • Joe Bucaro III (Chauffeur)
  • Tiara Parker (Young Woman)
  • Tim Trella (Hitman #1)
  • Jim Hart (Hitman #2)
  • Tina Huang (Waitress)
  • John Pyper-Ferguson (Bearded Redneck)
  • Hossein Amini (Director)
  • Newton Thomas Sigel (Director)
  • Nicolas Winding Refn (Director)