The Driver
The Driver (1978)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 7, 2005
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77%


Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The most direct manifestation of Walter Hill's continuous desire to remake Pickpocket

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Stripped-down thriller about compromised car thief.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

By the end of The Driver you might wonder if you were in a car accident.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

An all-time great action movie. Hill's existential musings are made palpable with the soulful performances by O'Neal and Adjani.

Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

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.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Walter Hill's The Driver is a pulse pounding neo noir action thriller that is bold, riveting, raw and in your face. With great characterization and flair… More
AJ Verser
An interesting story for the most part, and O'Neal is pretty good in it, but the movie is slow and boring for the most part. There are also some good… More
Reid Volk
Veteran badass Walter Hill creates another incredibly enjoyable and delightfully dated crime thriller. Ryan O'Neal is fantastic as the mild-mannered… More
Pierluigi Puccini
From Walter Hill, a cult classic craftsman, comes this gritty cop thriller with two correct leads though just a tad unexpressive (O'Neill and Adjani)… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Old school action car chase goodness. Just badass stunt drivers doing their thing. O'Neal is the usual prototype no-bullshit attitude you expect from a… More
El Hombre Invisible
An exciting and gritty feature from Walter Hill, the man behind some of my favorite late night flicks. Originally written for Steve McQueen, Ryan O'Neal… More