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Driving Miss Daisy Reviews

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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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2015
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 6, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 6, 2014
Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman give exceptional performances
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2014
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2014
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2014
For Tandy, it's her most substantial film role since her sublime work in Alfred Hitchcock`s 1963 The Birds, and she takes full advantage of it; never playing for sympathy, she earns it completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
Alfred Uhry's adaptation of his Pulitzer-prizewinning play aspires more to complex observation of human behavior than to simple moralism about it. Precisely because it has its priorities straight, it succeeds superbly on both levels.
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Joseph McBride
Variety
January 28, 2008
Bruce Beresford's sensitive direction complements Alfred Uhry's skillful adapation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
The movie also has something legitimate and instructive to say about the subtlety and intricacy of everyday race relations in the south during the period covered (roughly 1948 to '73).
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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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There is an exhilarating, singularly theatrical lightness of touch that is often lost when these settings are made manifest in a movie.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 13, 2001
This is Tandy's finest two hours onscreen in a film career that goes back to 1932.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The story holds a potential for sap that is mostly unfulfilled thanks to Beresford's stately approach, the stars' better judgment and the protagonists' sharp wits.
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie gets you mainly because Morgan Freeman, who played chauffeur Hoke Colburn in the original stage production (and won his third Obie for it), takes the wheel and drives Daisy all the way home.