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Driving Lessons Reviews

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Top Critic
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 2, 2009
Brock subscribes to the new school of British Imperialism: crafting cozy little trifles that conquer foreigners with preciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Driving Lessons is as dull as its title.
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
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 2, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 2, 2007
A warmly funny coming of age story as the ultra conservative clashes with the unconventional in a confluence of the unexpected
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
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Too many alcoholic outbursts and pitiful breakdowns wear down your patience.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
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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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 15, 2006
The characterizations and comic situations both seem forced and labored.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 8, 2006
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).
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 7, 2006
Walters is alternately zany and poignant, with Grint the perfect foil, a bemused, confused innocent who only wants to do good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
November 18, 2006
... the film hardly resonates five minutes after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
Barely worth the trip.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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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
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 10, 2006
Brock creates a sensitive, personal tale of an underdog coming into his own.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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