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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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81

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 10

Warm and smartly paced, and boasting impeccable performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.

100

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 0

Warm and smartly paced, and boasting impeccable performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes

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Drama, Comedy

Alfred Uhry

Apr 29, 1997

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (10) | DVD (14)

Driving Miss Daisy spans a quarter-century in the intricate relationship of a Southern dowager and her chauffeur, and it is a movie that invites you to appreciate the passage of time in more than one way.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman give exceptional performances

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Freeman and Tandy have their own performer's pride, and that transfers to their characters. Tandy, in particular, is almost astringent in her denial of easy emotion.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This is a story about people, not politics. And perhaps because we can see the actors in closeup on the screen, that is even truer of the movie than the play.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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For Tandy, it's her most substantial film role since her sublime work in Alfred Hitchcock`s 1963 The Birds, and she takes full advantage of it; never playing for sympathy, she earns it completely.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Alfred Uhry's adaptation of his Pulitzer-prizewinning play aspires more to complex observation of human behavior than to simple moralism about it. Precisely because it has its priorities straight, it succeeds superbly on both levels.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Driving Miss Daisy makes the simple point that combating racism can sometimes mean confronting a part of ourselves that we'd rather pretend does not exist. For Miss Daisy, it's as simple as admitting that Hoke is not just her driver, but her best friend.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Embalmed in good intentions, Driving Miss Daisy is a creaky adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bruce Beresford gives a solid lift to his uneven career with his careful and colorful directing of Alfred Uhry's screenplay, based on Mr. Uhry's prize-winning stage play.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

[Tandy and Freeman] are so affecting they turn what could have been merely well-meant hokum into a touching tribute to compassion and human dignity.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The heart-warming story of how a bitter old Jewess learns to not be such a bitch to a patient Negro driver.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Ultimately this is an intelligent feel-good movie that had Oscar material stamped all over the screenplay, but lacks the bite or insight that could have turned it into something truly special.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

Chief among the film's rewards are the extraordinary performances of its trio of stars, Freeman, Tandy, and Aykroyd.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tandy and Freeman are terrific in this beautiful film about the commonalities between people who seem so different.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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Audience Reviews for Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy, I thought was a pretty good film, but was nowhere near the grand scale it has been described as. I'm not saying that it's a bad affair, but I feel it's a bit overrated as well. Morgan Freeman has made far better films than this, but here he delivers a very good performance, but compared to other pictures he's done, this one just doesn't stand out. The film is good for what it is, but I don't feel that it's a classic either. The story is good, charming and fun, and it boasts some engaging performances, but at times you feel that the film could have been much more as well. The film feels like it tries too hard at grabbing your attention and it should be effortless in doing so. Miss Daisy is good, but I simply didn't see how great it is. I personally feel there are far better films out there. Luckily the film is entertaining for what it is, but I would call this film a film that only warrants one viewing because I feel that it's necessarily a film that doesn't need to be seen time and time again. Driving Miss Daisy is entertaining and good for what it is, but it doesn't stand out as powerful picture and a film classic by any means. The cast do a fine job in their roles, but I felt that the story could have been polished a bit, and it should have had the potential of being a truly great film. The film is unfortunately a prime example of typical Oscar bate, only designed to appeal to the Academy, but when you actually watch it, you wonder why this film is so good. I mean this picture is entertaining, well acted and good, but it's nowhere near as good as everyone has claimed it to be.
July 19, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Itâ(TM)s easy to admit that during the course of this film, we never see character Daisy in either one of her carâ(TM)s front seats. Contrarily, all actor Jessica Tandy does in her role IS take the front seat. I love Morgan Freeman. In fact, if you asked me to name any one of his roles that his disappointed me thus far, all I could do to respond is stare into space and evoke continuous filler words. But the one who really delivers here is Tandy. When we first meet her character, weâ(TM)d want to kill her. She wants nothing of Hoke, and she even seems to shun her son upon his hiring him. Yet she claims to never have had an ounce of prejudice in her heart. Tandy gradually turns her character from someone so despicable into someone who enjoys having the company of Hoke. Her character actually, believe it or not, becomes a bit enjoyable; itâ(TM)s difficult to even imagine someone other than Tandy taking on such a drastic change of character.

DRIVING MISS DAISY was an interesting film. Itâ(TM)s not totally implausible that an elderly 1960s white woman would befriend a black man, so itâ(TM)s quite realistic. Add the fact that sheâ(TM)s Jewish in and somehow it seems a bit more authentic. Other than the flaws of the script, this was a solidly decent movie. It has its time for light humor, and it has the power to even share with us the laughter Hoke and Miss Daisy enjoy as their friendship solidifies. Furthermore, this is a heartfelt drama that can blend those sweet moments with more sentimental moments. For anyone remotely intrigued by the story, itâ(TM)s well worth a watch.
June 4, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

This is an undeniably sweet movie, that you cant help but enjoy, i love morgan freemans laugh in this movie its so funny, although at times the uneducated character can become a bit annoying, that said it is a sweet, amusing movie, its debateable whether it is solely deserving of the awards although the acting is superb the movie is nothing spectacular to make you wow i love that movie its amazing because it quite simply isnt.
I did enjoy and is worth the watch! sweet drama comedy.
May 17, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Morgan Freeman is as brilliant as always, as Hoke, a chauffeur for Miss Daisy, as her everyday ventures are very eventful. He helps her through her life, and we get many side plots about life along the way. Most of the sets represent perfectly, what is the time period it is set in. I did find some of the conversations between Hoke and Miss Daisy to be a little annoying a frustrating at times, but that is mostly due to the fact that Hoke's education is less than average. Through some terrific acting by a wonderful cast, a script that represents true life emotions with perfection, and a story that is sweet enough to call great, "Driving Miss Daisy" is a great film for many reasons. It is not the masterpiece like some people hope it to be or say it is, but in the end, that doesn't matter, you just smile. "Driving Miss Daisy" is blissful!
February 11, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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    1. Miss Daisy Werthan: I've never been prejudiced in my life and you know it.
    2. Boolie Werthan: Okay, then why don't you ask Hoke to go with you?
    3. Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke? Don't be ridiculous. He wouldn't go.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Hoke Colburn: Did I ever tell you about the first time I've ever been outside the state of Georgia.
    2. Miss Daisy Werthan: No, when was that?
    3. Hoke Colburn: Oh, a few minutes ago.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Hoke Colburn: Hey, there, Oscar, Junior... how you boys doin' this mornin'.
    2. Oscar: How's the old lady treatin' you.
    3. Hoke Colburn: Lord, I tell you one thing... she should do know how to throw a fit!
    4. Miss Daisy Werthan: What's so funny?
    5. Hoke Colburn: Nothin', Miss Daisy. We just carryin' on.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Boolie Werthan: How are you, Idella?
    2. Idella: Livin'.
    3. Boolie Werthan: Where's the vacuum cleaner I brought over here?
    4. Idella: In the closet.
    5. Boolie Werthan: She won't touch it.
    6. Idella: I would if it didn't give me a shock every time I come near it!
    7. Boolie Werthan: It works for me!
    8. Idella: Fine... you clean and I'll go down and run your office!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Miss Daisy Werthan: Idella was lucky.
    2. Hoke Colburn: Yes, ma'am. I expect that she was.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Idella: I wouldn't be in your shoes if the Sweet Lord Jesus come down and asked me himself.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
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