Shawn Carr’s review published on Letterboxd:
Drive My Car is a demanding film on the audience with a 3 hour runtime encompassing many themes of life. Primarily it focuses on grief and how one processes it. Simultaneously it is also about regret and if we could have change things would it have made any difference. Ryusuke Hamaguchi tremendously directs this film with every shot lingering just long enough to engulf viewers in our main character's journey.
The script for this film is the best script in the last ten years at least. Every line of dialogue has its purpose and makes an impact. The moments of silence in the film are just as impactful. Every character including the supporting characters have their own backstories that impact our lead. Its truly outstanding how the script accomplishes this. The performances from the cast are all tremendous and make you feel their emotions.
If you take the time to watch this movie and pay attention throughout the runtime, this is a rewarding experience. It has left an impact on me and really hope ita shocks at the Oscar's to win Best Picture.