The Driver
The Driver (1978)

In this oddly haunting action thriller, a man known only as "The Driver" (Ryan O'Neal) is a master getaway specialist for a thieves' organization. He receives word of his jobs from "The Connection" (Ronee… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 8, 1978
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tough, highly stylized thriller with amazing sound design and car chases.

Roger Ebert

I was thrilled. And I couldn't wait to leave.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It is Awful Movie. It is Pretentious Movie. It is Silly Movie. It talks just like this.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

A fair-to-middling auto-noir.

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Variety Staff

You can almost smell rubber burning.

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TV Guide

The car chases are breathtaking.

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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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Time Out

A combination of brilliantly edited car chases and existential thriller which recalls the sombreness of Melville and the spareness of Leone.

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John Edmond
Senses of Cinema

The peak of [Hill]'s austere stylised purifications of Hollywood genres.

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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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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 V
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