“Drive” is somber, slick and earnest, and also a prisoner of its own emptiness, substituting moods for emotions and borrowed style for real audacity.I would disagree with him about only one thing, which is the innocence of the character played by Carey Mulligan. Her character is guilty through inaction. She is written and acted to have no agency of her own - she just responds to the actions of others - as well as a taste for rough guys. I'd say that's guilty enough.
The Atlantic is much less positive about whole enterprise, particularly Ryan Gosling, who plays the driver.
Recommended, especially for the style and for an amazing performance by Albert Brooks.