Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Feb 20, 2013
    Driving Miss Daisy, about the deepening relationship between a Jewish matron in Atlanta and her black chauffeur, is a luminous joy of a film, heartbreakingly delicate, effortlessly able through indirection to invoke the civil rights era without ever once slipping into portentous pronouncements. [12 Jan. 1990, p.35]
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 20, 2013
    Beresford is able to move us, one small step at a time, into the hearts of his characters. He never steps wrong on his way to a luminous final scene in which we are invited to regard one of the most privileged mysteries of life, the moment when two people allow each other to see inside.
  3. 100
    Director Bruce Beresford's tightly focused adaptation retains all the impact of its Pulitzer Prize-winning stage original. Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman give exceptional performances as the aging widow and the sage black chauffeur who enlightens her in the segregated South.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Feb 20, 2013
    This is a story about people, not politics. And perhaps because we can see the actors in closeup on the screen, that is even truer of the movie than the play. When you leave this film, you're not thinking, "My, what an important story!" When Driving Miss Daisy is over, you think, "I sure will miss those folks." [12 Jan. 1990, p.12]
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Pollack
    Feb 20, 2013
    This is Daisy's story, and Hoke's story. It's a beautiful story, filled with warmth and compassion. It was a glorious evening of theater when I saw it, and it's just as glorious on the screen. [12 Jan. 1990, p.3F]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Feb 20, 2013
    Bruce Beresford's sensitive direction complements Alfred Uhry's skillful adapation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
  7. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Feb 20, 2013
    Freeman and Tandy are the whole film, and their interplay is marvelous to watch and hear. [12 Jan. 1990, p.G7]
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 20, 2013
    Freeman's nuanced acting is a marvel.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Feb 20, 2013
    Here's an ''opened-up'' film of a fragile, sentimental play that doesn't overemphasize every dramatic point, and doesn't tromp on every minefield in the material. [13 Dec 1989, p.1D]
  10. Reviewed by: Philip Thomas
    Feb 20, 2013
    It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie.
  11. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Feb 20, 2013
    Mr. Beresford and Mr. Uhry, working in concert, see to it that the essential spirit of Driving Miss Daisy shines through the sometimes deadening effects of literalism.
  12. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Feb 20, 2013
    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. Admirably, Driving Miss Daisy takes the road less traveled.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 20, 2013
    When something heartfelt occurs in this movie, you accept it without too much squirming. The disciplined yet intuitive way in which these actors connect is a model of ensemble performance.
  14. Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Feb 20, 2013
    Driving Miss Daisy unfolds at a leisurely pace, with great attention to period detail and character-aging makeup effects....It's occasionally quite funny, and relentlessly good-hearted. And never, ever does it whack you over the head with its theme. [12 Jan. 1990, p.G5]
  15. Reviewed by: Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Feb 20, 2013
    The three actors manage to get a lot of mileage out of the material: although one never quite believes that Tandy's character is Jewish, she is remarkable in every other respect, and Freeman and Aykroyd are wonderful throughout.
  16. Reviewed by: Thomas B. Harrison
    Feb 20, 2013
    Movies like Miss Daisy purport to be humanistic or aimed at a higher consciousness, but they're as self-righteous and silly as the one-dimensional characters they depict. [12 Jan. 1990, p.7]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 6, 2013
    Good movie which depicts the friendship between two people who are very different, yet very similar in many ways. Morgan Freeman's characterGood movie which depicts the friendship between two people who are very different, yet very similar in many ways. Morgan Freeman's character (Hoke) is an African-American driver who never attended school, but has wisdom and common sense. Jessica Tandy's character (Miss Daisy) on the other hand is a rich, educated Jewish woman. Through the film these people slowly open up to each other and form a bond. The movie also depicts the many racial and religious issues of the 1950s America. It is worth a look, but I am not sure it deserved 4 Oscars (Jessica Tandy's and Morgan Freeman's performance were great though). Dan Aykroyd's character felt underdeveloped, though He was in a sympathetic role. Overall worth a look, but nothing outstanding, just good. Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2015
    Driving Miss Daisy is such a simple film, but so effective. This movie was released 25 years ago and it still has just as much of an effect onDriving Miss Daisy is such a simple film, but so effective. This movie was released 25 years ago and it still has just as much of an effect on people as it did when it was first released. I think it is safe to say that this movie is timeless. Morgan Freeman gets his breakout movie at over 50 years old with this film and anyone who enjoys his later work will certainly enjoy this film and its easy to see why filmmakers have called on him for so many amazing films over the last 25 years. Freeman's career really starts in this movie while Jessica Tandy's essentially comes to an end (she died in 1994). Her performance resulted in a well earned Oscar. Another important part of this movie is the makeup, which allowed the film to pass further through time and allow the characters to age steadily throughout. Driving Miss Daisy is just a good film and belongs up there with all the greats. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a friendship blossom. Full Review »
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    Driving Mrs Daisey is a sweet and touching. Fenominal acting. Grows with you over the years. A true classic of a tale. Will make you cry. Awesome!!!!!