Driving Miss Daisy Reviews

  • There is an exhilarating, singularly theatrical lightness of touch that is often lost when these settings are made manifest in a movie.

    Vincent Canby — New York Times

  • 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.

    Rita Kempley — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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).

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • Bruce Beresford's sensitive direction complements Alfred Uhry's skillful adapation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

    Joseph McBride — Variety

  • 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.

    Richard Schickel — TIME Magazine

  • This is Tandy's finest two hours onscreen in a film career that goes back to 1932.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • The heart-warming story of how a bitter old Jewess learns to not be such a bitch to a patient Negro driver.

    Walter Chaw — Film Freak Central

  • An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another.

    Christopher Lloyd — Sarasota Herald-Tribune

  • Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.

    Maria Llull — Common Sense Media

  • It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it.

    Dennis Schwartz — Ozus' World Movie Reviews

  • It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie.

    Philip Thomas — Empire Magazine

  • 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.

    Dean Essner — Film4

  • Chief among the film's rewards are the extraordinary performances of its trio of stars, Freeman, Tandy, and Aykroyd.

    Dean Essner — TV Guide's Movie Guide

  • Tandy and Freeman are terrific in this beautiful film about the commonalities between people who seem so different.

    Wesley Lovell — Oscar Guy

  • Tandy and Freeman are terrific in this beautiful film about the commonalities between people who seem so different.

    Wesley Lovell — Cinema Sight

  • Far too cosy to serve as an effective social or political metaphor; better to regard it as a solid ensemble piece.

    Dean Essner — Time Out

  • The modest storytelling and likable performances must have impressed the Oscar voters as the movie won the Best Picture Oscar and Best Actress for Jessica Tandy, thus establishing her as screen star at old age.

    Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com

  • Morgan Freeman elevates the source material as always.

    Cole Smithey — ColeSmithey.com

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