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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    With the aid of a charmingly offbeat story and a jolly good dialect coach, the stars leave you thinking, well done. Their spirited performances help cover up glaring holes in the plot. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This coming-of-age movie, is a clumsy contraption, but it's nice to see Rupert Grint coming out from under that colorful thatch, and coming, not a moment too soon, into an appealing pre-maturity. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Linney hits a single note for her uptight character, while Walters travels the scale indiscriminately. Her outsized eccentric darts from amusing to grating. Only Grint is just right, as the boy they, and the film, can't do without. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Aiming for wacky and heartwarming, the film is, at its sporadic best, a mildly diverting coming-of-age story. At its worst, it feels forced. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Despite its slight and vaguely silly premise, Driving Lessons turns out to be sweet, never cloying, and amusing in an understated British way. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Linney's character is written as a one-dimensional monster whose selfish cruelty is beyond redemption and, ultimately, belief. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For all its treacly excesses of the post- "Full Monty" era, British comedy hasn't entirely lost its teeth yet. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Everybody in the movie is so tightly wound that Walters seems a model of actorly limberness. She cuts through the movie with speed and mannish, zany wit. show more

  • 40
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Because screenwriter-director Brock fails to create a moving relationship between its mentor and student in life's lessons, the film hardly resonates five minutes after it's over. show more

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