Driving Lessons Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
Barely worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Campbell
September 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 9, 2006
Veers all over the place in tone, especially in the scenes with Linney, who seems so much like a part of a different movie that I almost feel like she should only be mentioned in a different review.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Driving Lessons is as dull as its title.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 13, 2007
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
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Gene Seymour
October 12, 2006
Driving Lessons follows the well-worn path laid down by other, better movies while making strained, ludicrous things happen toward the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 20, 2006
Everybody in the movie is so tightly wound that Walters seems a model of actorly limberness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 2, 2006
The movie's life-affirmative agenda is ploddingly clear.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 3, 2006
That's not exactly a novel premise, which may explain why this British coming-of-age story inspires too little excitement.
| Original Score: C
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 10, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
October 13, 2006
It's unfortunate the narrative isn't suffused with more zest and nuance. Instead, it feels calculated and even the most emotional scenes fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Cabin
October 12, 2006
Grint might have talent in him, but with this film, he might as well be casting spells.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
November 22, 2006
Driving Lessons runs out of creative gas near the ridiculous end.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Russell
November 3, 2006
A soft-edged little movie. It also wants to be more idiosyncratic than it is. Which would be fine if the movie were moderately charming, funny or clever. It really isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
November 16, 2006
Depressingly symptomatic of the kind of film that constitutes 'art house cinema' these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 20, 2006
It's Grint who grounds in reality, as best he can, Brock's directing debut...this conventional Britcom lightly hums along for a good stretch before running off the road.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 2006
Linney is too sensitive and capable an actress to play a stock villain like this. That everyone in the movie dislikes her makes you dislike everyone in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Angela Baldassarre
November 14, 2006
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.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 13, 2006
It's sad to see actors like Walters and Linney mired in such undignified, one-note roles. The movie is an object lesson in the lack of good parts around for actresses, even on the indie front. Class dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
Writer-director Jeremy Brock has backloaded much of the hero's family conflict into the final scenes, which collapse under the weight.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 23, 2006
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 23, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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May 12, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
June 16, 2007
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