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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Freeman's nuanced acting is a marvel. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    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] show more

  • 100
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    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] show more

  • 63
    Miami Herald

    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] show more

  • 80

    It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie. show more

  • 100
    Entertainment Weekly

    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. show more

  • 90

    Bruce Beresford's sensitive direction complements Alfred Uhry's skillful adapation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. show more

  • 80
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    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. show more

  • May 30, 2011 Brock
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    What a treasure this movie is! The gentleness of all concerned make this slice Southern history glow. I never tire of seeing this fine film.

  • September 20, 2008 Sweetrose
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    I think this movie is wonderful and brilliant! Two people become the most unlikely of friends; Hoag(Freeman), is an african american Boolie Werthan (Akroyd) hires to chauffeur his mother around.Daisy (Tandy) is someone set in her ways.She likes to do things herself; In the time of slavery and prejudice,we see hatred and cruelty.Hoag and Daisy go driving,,when police question why a 'black man" would chauffeur a Jewish belle around; We also note the bombing of Daisy's temple of worship.The saddest scene, is when Daisy's maid Aidella (Esther Rolle) collapses in front of the TV from a heart attack.Through the seasons,the two bond together and share chats and comfortable Friendship. Bravo and hats off, for the fine performance.

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