Learning To Drive


Learning To Drive (2015)


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


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Isabel Coixet's slice-of-life comedy/drama Learning to Drive stars Patricia Clarkson as Wendy, a middle-ages book critic who is shattered when her husband Ted (Jake Weber) leaves her. In order to visit her daughter (Grace Gummer), who lives upstate, Wendy begins taking driving lessons from Darwan (Ben Kingsley) an American citizen originally from India who makes a living as a cabbie and giving driving lessons. The two strike-up a friendship that helps her learn to take control of her life, and him adjust to his new life after an arranged marriage. Learning to Drive screened at the 2014 (Toronto International Film Festival.

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John Hodgman
as Car Salesman
Michael Mantell
as Wendy's Father
Jessie Nagpal
as Friend of Mata
Amelia Fowler
as Dollar Store Clerk
Avi Nash
as Preet
Bryan Burton
as Student Driver
Bryan Burton Lewis
as Student Driver
Randy Graff
as Divorce Attorney
Lorri Lindberg
as Real Estate Broker
Hervender Singh
as Darwan's Friend
Raf Liriano
as Tough Kid #2
Sean Cole
as Radio Host
Rajika Puri
as Darwan's Sister Rasbir
Anna Itty
as Sikh Woman
Nora Hummel
as Driving Examiner
Beau Baxter
as Debbie's Husband
Patrick Brana
as Passenger
Shawn Michael
as ICE Agent
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Critic Reviews for Learning To Drive

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (23)

"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.

Sep 11, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Learning to Drive is a story of companionship, loneliness, resilience. It's a small, artfully crafted thing, but it resonates in big ways.

Sep 10, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Together, [Kingsley and Clarkson] have so much to learn, and the operation of an automobile provides so many opportunities for metaphor.

Sep 10, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully acted tale of friendship, and about how sometimes, you just need to move forward - in a car, or otherwise.

Sep 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Learning to Drive" would be an entirely inert expedition were it not for Clarkson, who plays against Kingsley's sentinel of propriety with her signature radiance and birdlike gracefulness.

Sep 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film also provides an interesting view into Sikh culture, illustrating in colorful detail the various rituals that inform the devout driving instructor's personal life.

Aug 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Learning To Drive


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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I really enjoyed this. An interesting movie that was funny at times whilst also engaging, wrapped around the difficulty of learning to drive.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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