The Driver
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Walter Hill's stripped down neo-noir features a protagonist who makes the laconic boxer of the director's similar Hard Times (1974) seem logorrheic by comparison. The film's tone is set in the opening scene as the Driver (Ryan O'Neal) gloms a V-8 sedan and proceeds to whip through claustrophobic parking garages, narrow alleyways, and sundry other high-risk macadam, as he demonstrates why he's known as the best getaway driver in the business to some potential clients, before giving his vehicle a proper burial. Such plot as there is in this highly abstract film concerns the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A precursor to Michael Mann's early work, The Driver is a lean and moody urban thriller that boasts a number of superior car chase sequences. Essential modern noir."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Even a claustrophobic vision is preferable to none at all, and I want to like Hill's movies. But The Driver is almost impossible to travel with."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"A terrific neo-noir that was sadly dumped by its studio in the summer of 1978. Filled with exciting car chases and cynical, hard-boiled exchanges."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Bruce Dern, merely one of the best actors of the 1970s, is in his element here as an arrogant cop with a Cheshire-cat grin."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The most direct manifestation of Walter Hill's continuous desire to remake Pickpocket"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Stripped-down thriller about compromised car thief."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Hill has remained a steadily stylish presence in the idiom of action cinema. His genres of concern tend to be the Western and the urban crime drama, and the twain meet in neo-noir The Driver. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"By the end of The Driver you might wonder if you were in a car accident."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An all-time great action movie. Hill's existential musings are made palpable with the soulful performances by O'Neal and Adjani."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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