Driving Lessons Reviews

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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
Happily, there's Walters, a terrific character actress who keeps Evie convincingly life-size, even when she's carrying on in full grand dame mode. Thanks to her, Driving Lessons never stalls to a halt.
October 13, 2006
The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea.
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.
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.
October 12, 2006
Writer-director Jeremy Brock used to work for Dame Peggy Ashcroft as a youngster and knows what he's talking about, though the authenticity is somewhat mitigated by Linney's ongoing struggle with the local accent.
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.
October 11, 2006
Sweet, light and satisfying.
September 23, 2006
Evie is a character in search of a film that's strong enough to contain her -- and sadly this isn't it.
September 23, 2006
One of the finest British films of the year, Driving Lessons is a powerful calling card for Grint, who's just turned 18, and, indeed, for Brock's talent as a director. Here's hoping there's a long career in store for both.
September 23, 2006
Familiar fare, it has to be said, but the component parts are done reasonably well.
September 23, 2006
September 14, 2006
It has an appealing feel-good factor and could be this year's Calendar Girls, another Brit-flick sleeper hit.
September 5, 2006
It may not pass with flying colours, but Driving Lessons still motors along likeably enough.
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.
August 5, 2006
Full of strong themes and witty interaction between its excellent cast, but it comes undone.
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