Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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Critic Consensus: Warm and smartly paced, and boasting impeccable performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.


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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alfred Uhry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 1997
Runtime:
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Cast


as Daisy Werthan

as Hoke Colburn

as Boolie Werthan

as Florine Werthan

as Idella

as Miss McClatchey

as Neighbor Lady

as Katie Bell

as Red Mitchell

as Insurance Agent

as Trooper #1

as Trooper #2
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Critic Reviews for Driving Miss Daisy

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
New York Daily News
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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… | January 26, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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… | January 6, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman give exceptional performances

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Driving Miss Daisy

½

Why this movie won so many Oscars is something that escapes me, since it has an annoying and poorly paced story that makes us endure an unbearable old lady and feels tremendously episodic trying to span 25 years with skips in time that never manage to be fluid.

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Carlos Magalh„es

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Driving Miss Daisy, I thought was a pretty good film, but was nowhere near the grand scale it has been described as. I'm not saying that it's a bad affair, but I feel it's a bit overrated as well. Morgan Freeman has made far better films than this, but here he delivers a very good performance, but compared to other pictures he's done, this one just doesn't stand out. The film is good for what it is, but I don't feel that it's a classic either. The story is good, charming and fun, and it boasts some engaging performances, but at times you feel that the film could have been much more as well. The film feels like it tries too hard at grabbing your attention and it should be effortless in doing so. Miss Daisy is good, but I simply didn't see how great it is. I personally feel there are far better films out there. Luckily the film is entertaining for what it is, but I would call this film a film that only warrants one viewing because I feel that it's necessarily a film that doesn't need to be seen time and time again. Driving Miss Daisy is entertaining and good for what it is, but it doesn't stand out as powerful picture and a film classic by any means. The cast do a fine job in their roles, but I felt that the story could have been polished a bit, and it should have had the potential of being a truly great film. The film is unfortunately a prime example of typical Oscar bate, only designed to appeal to the Academy, but when you actually watch it, you wonder why this film is so good. I mean this picture is entertaining, well acted and good, but it's nowhere near as good as everyone has claimed it to be.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

This is an undeniably sweet movie, that you cant help but enjoy, i love morgan freemans laugh in this movie its so funny, although at times the uneducated character can become a bit annoying, that said it is a sweet, amusing movie, its debateable whether it is solely deserving of the awards although the acting is superb the movie is nothing spectacular to make you wow i love that movie its amazing because it quite simply isnt.
I did enjoy and is worth the watch! sweet drama comedy.

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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