YMMV: Drive Webcomic
- Iron Woobie: The Veetan race. They only live 25 years at most, suffer chronic leg and hip pains, have recurring digestive troubles, yet remain unflaggingly cheerful throughout their lives.
YMMV: Drive Series
- Audience-Alienating Premise: So, it's a show about an illegal cross-country car race. As it turned out, in spite of Fox's promotion, nobody seemed to find the premise interesting enough to watch.
- Retroactive Recognition: Sean Salazar is Jason Neville. Also, Violet Trimble is a pre-Superbad Emma Stone.
YMMV: Drive Film
- Adaptation Displacement: The novel of the same name by James Sallis.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: One propagated by posters on Image Boards holds that the Driver is actually autistic, although given the general tenor of content posted on the boards this is in all likelihood intended to be Played for Laughs.
- Award Snub: Much to everyone's surprise the only nomination this movie got was Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. Notably left off were Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Brooks' omission was particularly surprising, given how he had won a slew of the major critics' awards and had earned nominations at the BFCA and the Golden Globes.
- Creepy Awesome: The driver never blinks, has only a few lines of dialogue, and barely expresses any emotion. The only thing keeping him from being The Sociopath outright is his obvious affection for Irene. In spite of being walking Nightmare Fuel, however, he's still a badass.
- Critical Dissonance: Critics and festival audiences have loved this movie, however its box office success did not reflect the massive internet buzz this generated. Though to be fair, crime movies by Danish directors released by small-time distributors don't make $20 million in two weeks. Just ask the people who distributed Bronson. To put it into perspective: the film cost $15 million to make. It made just over $76 million. So while it was very much a critical and financial success, it was still expected to do much better prior to release.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the score and the song "Real Hero".
- Ear Worm:
- "He's a real human being... and a real hero... He's a real human being..."
- "There's something inside you... It's hard to explain... They're talking about you, boy... But you're still the same..."
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Virtually every critic, whether they liked the film or not, praised Albert Brooks' performance as Bernie.
- Fridge Horror: Since Irene probably didn't call the police after Driver smashed a hitman's head in, the body would probably have remained there, scaring any poor resident of the apartment block who uses the elevator.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Late in the film, Shannon (played by Bryan Cranston) mentions a character fleeing to Belize.
- Memetic Mutation:
- A real human being. And a real hero. And the Mondegreen version: A real human bean.
- "I drive."
- Narm: For some people, the Mood Whiplash of the elevator scene.
- Nightmare Fuel: The entire beach scene, as well as Blanche getting her head very realistically blown apart by a shotgun blast. Really, everything The Driver does during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge once he goes after Nino counts.
- Driver stomping on a man's face until it's basically mush.
- Also Blanche's head getting blown to smithereens by a shotgun blast.
- It's subtle, but when Standard is first shot, he's hit in the neck and if you listen closely you can hear him gasping for air.
- Really, pretty much any of the violence in this movie.
- Tear Jerker: Irene and the Driver are alienated from each other seconds after their first kiss when he kills a thug in front of her. She returns to knock on his door some time later with a look of reconciliation, but he's gone. They're never going to meet again.
- The Woobie: Irene; hard not to be when you're played by Carey Mulligan.