Drive, He Said
Drive, He Said (1971)

Jack Nicholson first put his well-documented enthusiasm for basketball to good use in this film, which he wrote and directed between his roles in Five Easy Pieces and Carnal Knowledge. William Tepper plays Hector, a student at a college in… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 13, 1971
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jack Nicholson's first venture into direction is very much a film of its time.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

All of the film's characters, and all of the performances, are touched with the kind of unexpected sensibility and decency that are rare in most films of this genre.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

I think the film is a mess. Even though I was there where and when it was filmed, and I went through some of the same stuff these characters did, I couldn't relate to it.

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Variety Staff

Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A disorganized but occasionally brilliant movie about two college students and the world they, and we, inhabit.

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Fernando F. Croce

Nicholson's campus is a fractured, pulsating place

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Time Out

No way can it be said to work, despite the cast's cultish distinction, but it still knocks most of its quasi-radical contemporaries sideways as an index of doomed '60s/'70s causes and confusions.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The cynical film has its fun poking fun at college life, the system and marriage.

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TV Guide

An ambitious but confused film about basketball, draft dodging and sleeping with professors' wives.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Very dated anti establishment sort of drama. More of an antique than something made in the 30's. The lead actor has the magnetism of a lemming and it hurts… More
Tim Sigur
It's a shame that one of the greatest actors of our time couldn't convince the lead in his directorial debut to give a credible performance. But… More
The relationships between characters make no sense and mean nothing. The pacing and camera work are fine, but there is no sense of importance in this film. The… More