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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Crime drama is exciting, well-made, and shockingly violent.

Movie R 2011 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 16+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 15+
This movie is very violent in some scenes but I think most people 15 and up should be able to handle it and I do think that it is a masterpiece and has some of the best cinematography I have ever seen in a movie.

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Too much violence
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (51 ):

Danish-born director Nicolas Winding Refn isn't exactly a household name, but he might be after DRIVE; he might also elicit comparisons to Quentin Tarantino, which would be entirely deserved. Drive is steeped in movies, especially moody 1980s films by Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, and William Friedkin, as well as any genre films about stoic, secretive heroes -- but at the same time it feels like something new. Its style prevails over its substance, but what style!

But that's not meant to disparage the film's substance; clearly Refn adores actors, and he finds many tiny moments of warmth, adoration, and humor within the film's steely surface. In one impeccably framed scene, the driver and the girl merely smile at one another, hinting at untold depths. Every actor delivers his or her best work, especially the colorful villains and sidekicks. Only the movie's extreme, shocking violence could get in the way of total adoration for this sublime piece of genre work.

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