Locke
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In Theaters April 25 (2 days)
Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although we're never taken far beyond the hero's windshield, it's still very much a movie rather than some stagebound theater piece."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"An exceptional one-man show for Tom Hardy, this ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Locke is a minimalist near-masterwork, throttled by a tour de force performance from Tom Hardy and Steven Knight's smart direction."
‑ Jordan Adler, We Got This Covered
"Locke is everything most of [Steven Knight's past films] aren't, with an identifiable character struggling with real problems, but compressing time and place to concentrate emotion and heighten mood."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Known as the screenwriter of such estimable films as "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Eastern Promises," Stephen Knight delivers a glorified one-act play that makes up for what it lacks in location variety and story-arc in keenly written dialogue."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Tom Hardy owns this taut, telling character study."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"A virtuoso narrative and technical experiment that doesn't stint on dramatic complexity or heart."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"The film's modus operandi-set entirely in an automobile-hinders the script's ability to evolve into anything resonant."
‑ Sam Fragoso, RogerEbert.com
"A bold, evocative film, in which voices, intonations and noises off - and a terrific unseen supporting cast - build up a detailed picture of a world and a man's life, as elegantly and economically as the best radio play."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"We knew that great films needn't be propelled by action or incident; sometimes the incidental's plenty; but movies like Locke are a fine and welcome reminder."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"This is a masterclass in how the most local, most hemmed-in stories can reverberate with the power of big, universal themes."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A riveting performance from Tom Hardy makes this pseudo-thriller utterly riveting, turning even the most contrived plot elements into punchy drama."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Makes the case for Hardy as one of the most compelling actors working today."
‑ Travis Hopson, Examiner.com
"The literalizing of Ivan Locke's hidden self and his inability to master it ultimately exposes the film as the squarest kind of theater: drama therapy."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Its star delivers a note-perfect performance that saves the film from its own shortcomings, with Tom Hardy once again proving himself to be one of the finest actors of his generation."
‑ Chris Tilly, IGN Movies
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