...thanks to his propensity toward massive amounts of sex and violence, because of his desire to show as much T&A and blood-soaked gore as possible, [director] Lussier lifts this otherwise bizarre action thriller to epic sleazoid proportions.
—Bill Gibron filmcritic.com
...in its 3-D version makes a loud, incoherent but oddly compelling case for the enhancing effects of stereoscopic projection on certain treasured objects of the cinematic gaze, like classic Detroit muscle cars, women's breasts and Nicolas Cage.
—A. O. Scott New York Times
—Rob Nelson Variety
...an unambitious but satisfying sleazefest, a movie that gets by entirely thanks to its ample energy and considerable love of crotch-grabbing bad-ass posturing.
—Simon Abrams Slant Magazine
...a competent gimmick flick that's briefly fun but quickly evaporates from memory.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!
Drive Angry feels like a five-minute Comic Con show reel that's been expanded beyond its limits. It's agonizingly cool.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
What the audience gets out of it will depend on their willingness to check brains and taste at the multiplex door. Nobody looking for non-stop action and carnage is likely to feel shortchanged.
—David Rooney Hollywood Reporter
I can't say I enjoyed it. But I can appreciate it. It offends every standard of taste except bad. But it is well made.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...I got lured into seeing Drive Angry because the trailer made it look like it might have a certain shameless, demolition-happy American Mad Max excitement. It tries to, but it's simply not... well done.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...while Drive Angry lacks true forward momentum and fury, making its title more a tease than a promise, it's actually refreshing that Lussier and Farmer don't belabor the film's internal mythology of satanic cults, hell and the devil's administrative assistants. It all hangs together, more or less, which seems like enough.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times