Driving Miss Daisy Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 23, 2015
The movie never resorts to sentimentality. It has a dry wit as well as genuine warmth. Best of all it is the perfect showcase for two deserving actors -- Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2015
One of the year's best films, a rarity in that a play has been successfully transferred to film without having the dialogue seem "written."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 6, 2014
Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman give exceptional performances
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2014
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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 6, 2014
Embalmed in good intentions, Driving Miss Daisy is a creaky adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2014
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 6, 2014
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 6, 2014
[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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2013
The heart-warming story of how a bitter old Jewess learns to not be such a bitch to a patient Negro driver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
April 11, 2011
An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 14, 2008
It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Thomas
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
February 20, 2008
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.
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Joseph McBride
Variety
January 28, 2008
Bruce Beresford's sensitive direction complements Alfred Uhry's skillful adapation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 5, 2007
Chief among the film's rewards are the extraordinary performances of its trio of stars, Freeman, Tandy, and Aykroyd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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