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Based on the edgy and explosive series by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way. -- (C) Radius

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Sniffing into the seams of England's multiculti capital, it's best at showing the grungy, hustling-and-bustling city as a place of slowly uncoiling despair. A hyper-charged, buzzy take on the London night-scene-and one man slipping under it, for no-good."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The most original British gangster flick in years."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"a perfectly serviceable race-against-the-clock thriller thanks to a powerful lead performance from Richard Coyle."
‑ Jay Antani, Paste Magazine
"The characters that populate Pusher are surprisingly na´ve and hardly the brightest of bulbs. So much for the image of the wily, street-smart criminal."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Prieto treats the experience like a music video, with superfluous visual ornamentation getting in the way of gritty suspense. Pusher is a sound and light show that should have its power strip unplugged."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Both the theme and the execution are formulaic, although Spanish director Luis Prieto shows some visual flair."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"A remake of a 1996 Danish thriller, it's a pulsating, propulsive and nerve-racking film that breathes new life into a genre whose tropes wore out long ago."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The chief problem here is that Frank is neither likable nor very bright. For the most part, you're thinking, go ahead, bust his kneecaps."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended."
‑ Joel Arnold, NPR
"Pusher has a neon-lit nervy energy -- at once slick and grungy -- and the sort of unabashed, screw-tightening rhythms that genre enthusiasts will embrace."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Pusher is unnecessary for Refn fans that have followed his work from the beginning, but is more worthwhile for new viewers since they don't know what they're in for."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
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