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  • Summary: This adaptation of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play looks at the 25-year relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Pollack
    Feb 20, 2013
    100
    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]
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Feb 20, 2013
    100
    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]
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Feb 20, 2013
    88
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Feb 20, 2013
    80
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 20, 2013
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Thomas B. Harrison
    Feb 20, 2013
    40
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    8
    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!!!!!
  3. Mar 6, 2013
    7
    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. Expand

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