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The story's a bit predictable, but Learning to Drive is elevated by typically strong work from stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley. Read critic reviews

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A literary agent (Patricia Clarkson) whose husband left her and a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley) on the verge of an arranged marriage find that each has something to learn from the other about starting life anew.

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  • Clarkson -- wonderful -- remains one of the least sung and most skilled of America's thinking screen divas.

    December 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Clarkson, in particular, is spot-on; her character unfolds gradually into the serenity that comes with hard-earned self-sufficiency. And the gentle, low-key humour belies some spiky observations about multicultural America.

    June 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a low key but witty and often affecting film with excellent performances from Clarkson and Kingsley.

    June 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The gas remains largely unstepped on, the brake cables tragically uncut.

    June 9, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Visually, Learning to Drive is mostly flat -- but then, there are only so many ways you can shoot two people sitting next to each other in a car.

    October 7, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Learning to Drive" is precisely the sort of adult-themed, intelligent and heartfelt film it wants to be, with Clarkson and Kingsley wonderfully on point.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Mar 29, 2018
    Nice slice of life movie. I enjoyed the small glimpse into Indian culture and was impressed, as always, by Patricia Clarkson. Really nice movie about the friendship between a recently separated woman and her Indian driving instructor. I liked how they showed the issues both face while still being an uplifting film. The arranged marriage part was interesting too.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2016
    I really enjoyed this. An interesting movie that was funny at times whilst also engaging, wrapped around the difficulty of learning to drive.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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