JulieG NowShowingNZ’s review published on Letterboxd:
If you're on tumblr, and you track the film tag, you should know how popular both Drive and Ryan Gosling are. So I'm gonna skip the synopsis bit which most people should know by now and jump straight into why I loved this movie so damn much.
The silences. Those lapses in time when nothing was said and all that happened was the moment. God, I loved how NWR manipulated the pauses just so to create so much emotion. How can so much happen when there's nothing going on? I had to ask myself this so many times - it was truly incredible.
And the chemistry between Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling - holy crap! Seriously, if these two people weren't acting - I would honestly bet money on the fact that they were the real deal. The way that Carey Mulligan's Irene would end up breathless around Ryan Gosling's Driver almost every moment she was around him...
I liked Carey Mulligan before Drive but after seeing her performance in this - she's now on my list of favourite actresses.
Ryan Gosling's Driver is just superb. I mean who could forget how he strutted around in that jacket? I don't know what made me think of the Aesop's fable about the scorpion and the turtle when I saw him wearing it, but there was something dangerous and dark there that just spoke to me that way. "It's in my nature to be this cruel thing when you least expect it"... I dunno.
The soundtrack - I'm not gonna lie to you - I fell in love with it. Tell me you didn't shuffle your feet to at least a few of those tracks while you were watching?
Yeah, Drive is one of those movies that I can't fault. Easily a movie that makes you feel great about loving cinema the way that you do.