'Driving Miss Daisy' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   45 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    There is an exhilarating, singularly theatrical lightness of touch that is often lost when these settings are made manifest in a movie.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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).
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joseph McBride Variety (Top Critic)
    Bruce Beresford's sensitive direction complements Alfred Uhry's skillful adapation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    This is Tandy's finest two hours onscreen in a film career that goes back to 1932.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    25
    The heart-warming story of how a bitter old Jewess learns to not be such a bitch to a patient Negro driver.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    90
    An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Maria Llull Common Sense Media
    80
    Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    67
    It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Philip Thomas Empire Magazine
    80
    It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    Chief among the film's rewards are the extraordinary performances of its trio of stars, Freeman, Tandy, and Aykroyd.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    100
    Tandy and Freeman are terrific in this beautiful film about the commonalities between people who seem so different.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    100
    Tandy and Freeman are terrific in this beautiful film about the commonalities between people who seem so different.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    Far too cosy to serve as an effective social or political metaphor; better to regard it as a solid ensemble piece.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    60
    Morgan Freeman elevates the source material as always.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Eric Lurio Greenwich Village Gazette
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • John Esther Pasadena Weekly
    20
    One of Oscar's Biggest Jokes
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Clint Morris Moviehole
    80
    One of today's best movies
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Flipside Movie Emporium
    40
    A toothless message movie, timidly espousing homogenized morals and terrified of offending anyone.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rebecca Murray About.com
    80
    Full Review » 11 years ago