'Drive' review round-up: Is Ryan Gosling the new Steve McQueen?

Many are hailing Ryan Gosling's " Drive" as the return of the car movie. We imagine " The Fast and the Furious" would like to argue that point. But in any case, Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is oozing with cool. We are big fans of " Bronson," Refn's cult classic that introduced us to Tom Hardy, so consider us in line. Can Refn's "Drive" do for getaway drivers what "Bronson" did for bare-knuckle prison brawls? We're obviously too biased to rely on, so allow this spread of impartial reviews to help you make up your mind. Or just go see the " The Lion King 3D.

  • Slate: "Ryan Gosling's incarnation of the hauntingly lonely Driver is a beautifully realized, complete performance. He understands not just the psychology of the character, but how he fits into the tone and pacing of the film as a whole."
  • NY Times: "'Drive' [is] the coolest movie around and therefore the latest proof that cool is never cool enough."
  • Hollywood Reporter: "[I]t's a fun, if not exhilarating, ride, one sped along with the help of a wonderfully assembled cast. Gosling makes a bid to enter the iconic ranks of tough, self-possessed American screen actors -- Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin..."
  • NY Magazine: "Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'...is every bit as dumb as August's 'Conan the Barbarian' but awash in neon-lit nightscapes and existential dread..."
  • IGN: "It's a film that has its finger on the pulse of what's current and in style...[it] has solidified its place as the coolest film of the year...an instant cult classic."

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