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
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
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
One of Oscar's Biggest Jokes
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
One of today's best movies
Clint Morris - Moviehole
A toothless message movie, timidly espousing homogenized morals and terrified of offending anyone.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Strikes the right chords in both drama and comedy, but given the setting and subject matter, doesn't really have anything important or original to say.
Derek Smith - Apollo Guide
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A warm and honest film, well-written and directed with a lot of style and flair.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
...a sweet, touching, sometimes funny, clearly sentimental motion picture that attempts only what it can reach, but does so with simple ease.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
...a warm, cozy, genial human drama that probably says in its own way as much about getting along with other people as any more overtly 'message' film ever has.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
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.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Standout performances by Tandy and Freeman, plus strong support from Dan Aykroyd. It's quaint and comfortable.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Sweet and delicate, but c'mon ... it's no classic.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The film fills in the backgrounds of the white characters, but not the black ones.
Richard Natale - Movieline
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.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Biting and lively.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There just is not enough to turn this from a good film into a truly memorable one.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews