Driving Lessons Reviews

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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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.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
Barely worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 10, 2006
[Brock] sticks to the inspirational formula of contemporary English sentimental comedies: that real life has little relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2006
Driving Lessons, with perfectly cast actors, a poignant and often hilarious script and original music, is a study in how fun British humor can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2006
Offers a pleasant excursion down a familiar road.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 3, 2006
Amiable performances and a gentle, generous chemistry between Walters and Grint make the ride pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 2, 2006
The movie's life-affirmative agenda is ploddingly clear.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 27, 2006
Despite its slight and vaguely silly premise, Driving Lessons turns out to be sweet, never cloying, and amusing in an understated British way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 27, 2006
Driving Lessons doesn't represent a zenith in the subgenre, and it trades on some feeble character ploys, but it's a kick to watch Julie Walters do a barmy-charmer bit on Rupert Grint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 26, 2006
This ensemble delivers, engaging in repartee like Roger Federer plays tennis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2006
With the aid of a charmingly offbeat story and a jolly good dialect coach, the stars leave you thinking, well done. Their spirited performances help cover up glaring holes in the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 18, 2006
A Scottish Harold and Maude, with none of the charm.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2006
This coming-of-age movie, unlike Evie's sleek old Citroen wagon, is a clumsy contraption, but it's nice to see Rupert Grint coming out from under that colorful thatch, and coming, not a moment too soon, into an appealing pre-maturity.
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 13, 2006
The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 13, 2006
Linney hits a single note for her uptight character, while Walters travels the scale indiscriminately. Her outsized eccentric darts from amusing to grating. Only Grint is just right, as the boy they, and the film, can't do without.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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-
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 12, 2006
Aiming for wacky and heartwarming, the film is, at its sporadic best, a mildly diverting coming-of-age story. At its worst, it feels forced.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 12, 2006
Driving Lessons belongs to that hardy niche of British comedies designed as star vehicles for distinguished actresses (preferably Dames) of a certain age whose assignment is to win awards by devouring the scenery.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
October 12, 2006
While Driving Lessons' writer-director, Jeremy Brock, sticks to the all-too-familiar template of such tales, he's given [Julie] Walters her best role since Educating Rita.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 23, 2006
Familiar fare, it has to be said, but the component parts are done reasonably well.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
August 5, 2006
Pic relies on chemistry that fairly crackles between the principals to successfully deliver its teen hero from familial repression and rescue its pubescent lead from child-star roles.