• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jeremy Brock
    In Theaters:
    Oct 13, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 3, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Driving Lessons Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Brock subscribes to the new school of British Imperialism: crafting cozy little trifles that conquer foreigners with preciousness.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

July 2, 2009
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Driving Lessons is as dull as its title.

March 6, 2008
Christopher Campbell

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, but as we see in most autobiographical coming-of-age films, adolescent truth is just as boring as adolescent fiction.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 18, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

The highlight here is most certainly Julie Walters, who hams it up royally, and does a fine job of making her role as an aging actress more than just a cartoon character.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 71/100

July 2, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A warmly funny coming of age story as the ultra conservative clashes with the unconventional in a confluence of the unexpected

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 2, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Típica besteira de cinema independente que se julga mais inteligente e observadora do que é na realidade. O surpreendente é perceber que, enquanto Walters e Linney apelam para caricaturas, o jovem Grint oferece uma atuação sólida e envolvente.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 13, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

Too many alcoholic outbursts and pitiful breakdowns wear down your patience.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The film is anchored by Walter's brilliant performance. She has a field day with this rambunctious, pampered yet terribly insecure woman. Grint is often reduced to playing straight man, but his reactions are priceless and the fact that he and Walters have

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

January 11, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Writer-director Jeremy Brock has backloaded much of the hero's family conflict into the final scenes, which collapse under the weight.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 18, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The characterizations and comic situations both seem forced and labored.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 15, 2006
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Driving Lessons is a poignant miniature that offers [Julie] Walters a chance to be typically wonderful - saucy but deep - and [Rupert] Grint to stretch quite commendably.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Will be remembered as the movie in which we got to see Ron Weasley utter the s-word and the f-word (numerous times); drink wine; and hook up with a Scottish hottie who introduces him to Nick Drake and sex (in that order).

| Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2006
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Walters is alternately zany and poignant, with Grint the perfect foil, a bemused, confused innocent who only wants to do good.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

December 7, 2006
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Driving Lessons runs out of creative gas near the ridiculous end.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 22, 2006
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

... the film hardly resonates five minutes after it's over.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Barely worth the trip.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2006
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly

Depressingly symptomatic of the kind of film that constitutes 'art house cinema' these days.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 16, 2006
Angela Baldassarre

For his feature directorial debut, screenwriter Jeremy Brock ("Mrs. Brown") has chosen from a chapter of his own life to tell a story that is as charming and eccentric as it is unsurprising and implausible.

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

November 14, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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It's an exercise in calculated high-quirk in which the most egregious forms of stereotyping -- particularly along gender and religious lines -- attempt to pass for 'human' behaviour.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 10, 2006
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brock creates a sensitive, personal tale of an underdog coming into his own.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006
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