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Driving Miss Daisy Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 6, 2014
Embalmed in good intentions, Driving Miss Daisy is a creaky adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 2, 2004
A toothless message movie, timidly espousing homogenized morals and terrified of offending anyone.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
There just is not enough to turn this from a good film into a truly memorable one.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
December 27, 2004
One of Oscar's Biggest Jokes
| Original Score: 1/5
Richard Natale
January 9, 2002
The film fills in the backgrounds of the white characters, but not the black ones.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Led by riveting performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama is utterly enthralling, though also quite spare and intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2013
The heart-warming story of how a bitter old Jewess learns to not be such a bitch to a patient Negro driver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

February 20, 2008
Ultimately this is an intelligent feel-good movie that had Oscar material stamped all over the screenplay, but lacks the bite or insight that could have turned it into something truly special.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 23, 2015
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 23, 2016
It's a story about interior lives and the gradual changes that love and respect can bring about. That's rare in today's movies, and it's something to be treasured.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Colette Maude
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Far too cosy to serve as an effective social or political metaphor; better to regard it as a solid ensemble piece.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 6, 2014
[Tandy and Freeman] are so affecting they turn what could have been merely well-meant hokum into a touching tribute to compassion and human dignity.
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
April 11, 2011
An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Driving Miss Daisy is a film of great love and patience, telling a story that takes 25 years to unfold, exploring its characters as few films take the time to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Freeman and Tandy are superb, assured, and fully involved with this material and each other; the ending of this film quite literally brings tears to my eyes with its compassion and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Sweet and delicate, but c'mon ... it's no classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
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