Metacritic Movie Ratings
Locke Reviews

5.0

81

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyChris Nashawaty

    Yes, Locke is a bit of a storytelling stunt: For the entirety of the movie, Ivan is the only character on screen. But even with nothing to cut away to and no flashbacks to offer context, the film manages to stay as tight as a vise.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    In writer-director Steven Knight’s mesmerizing jewel of film titled Locke, Tom Hardy is so brilliant we readily watch him drive a car and talk on the hands-free phone for virtually the entirety of the film — and it’s one of the more effortlessly intense and fascinating performances I’ve seen any actor give in recent memory.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Tom Hardy, the actor who plays him, is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling. At a time when the studios are spending vast sums of money on a bigger-is-better aesthetic, here's a chamber piece with the impact of high drama.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterDavid Rooney

    No less impressive than the narrative mastery here, however, is the technical execution of this bold minimalist experiment.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    The real wreckage in Locke is to the main character's old life, and the manner in which it is depicted makes this one of the year's most intriguing motion pictures.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    VarietyLeslie Felperin

    This ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    Twenty minutes in, Hardy notwithstanding, you might be tempted to bail on Locke. Don't.

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