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Driving Lessons Reviews

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November 17, 2006
Barely worth the trip.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2008
Driving Lessons is as dull as its title.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
November 2, 2006
The movie's life-affirmative agenda is ploddingly clear.
November 3, 2006
That's not exactly a novel premise, which may explain why this British coming-of-age story inspires too little excitement.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
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
October 12, 2006
Grint might have talent in him, but with this film, he might as well be casting spells.
| Original Score: 2/5
November 22, 2006
Driving Lessons runs out of creative gas near the ridiculous end.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
November 16, 2006
Depressingly symptomatic of the kind of film that constitutes 'art house cinema' these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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