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Driving Lessons Reviews

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
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.
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
November 17, 2006
Barely worth the trip.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
November 10, 2006
[Brock] sticks to the inspirational formula of contemporary English sentimental comedies: that real life has little relevance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 9, 2006
Offers a pleasant excursion down a familiar road.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 3, 2006
Amiable performances and a gentle, generous chemistry between Walters and Grint make the ride pleasant.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2006
The movie's life-affirmative agenda is ploddingly clear.
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
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
October 26, 2006
This ensemble delivers, engaging in repartee like Roger Federer plays tennis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
October 18, 2006
A Scottish Harold and Maude, with none of the charm.
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.
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
October 13, 2006
The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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-
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.
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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
September 23, 2006
Familiar fare, it has to be said, but the component parts are done reasonably well.
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.