• Released
  • October 26, 2012
  • (LA, NY)
  • R , 1 hr 26 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Best part: Colorful Croatian-Danish actor Zlatko Buri´ reprises his role as the jovially menacing foreign heavy out to collect his dough.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If we haven't caught on from earlier films that drug pushing is a thankless persuasion, maybe this is the movie that will pound in the lesson.
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60

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Fast-moving, stylish and gritty, but also predictable. [25 Oct 2012]
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60

Empire

By Anna Smith
Nail-biting and genuinely heartbreaking moments mean it's emotionally involving, even if it isn't the cheeriest drug dealer saga in town.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

Pusher struggles to rise above standard drug dealer/gangster fare and succeeds, but only in part, thanks to its strong cast lead by Richard Coyle.
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60

NPR

Coyle's vulnerable performance as Frank undermines the film's goal. Coyle expresses the weight of his exhaustion and the incredible debt hanging over him with a closed-off physicality and haunted eyes that prevent him from becoming a flat character.
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50

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Watchable, if cliched.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Refn's version was successful enough to inspire two sequels; at its best, this effort will push Coyle's career a little further along in the U.S.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Do we really need another cautionary tale about an ambitious drug dealer dramatically falling from grace?
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52 out of 100
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