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Driving Miss Daisy Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    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.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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]

  • 90

    out of 100


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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's racism and prejudice in this movie. Police officers refer to the two main characters as a "n---r" and an "old Jew." Though not shown, a Jewish synagogue is bombed. A man tells a story about a racially motivated lynching from his childhood. The beginning of the movie features a very mild, injury-free car crash and later, there's a frantic, upsetting scene that hints at Alzheimer's.

  • Families can talk about racism and prejudice as well as friendship. What types of racism or prejudice have you experienced? Why do you think it's difficult for people to see beyond a person's skin color or religion? Do you have any friendships with people who are outwardly very different?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Verbal racism and prejudice.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Mild car crash and mention of a synagogue being bombed.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: N-word and other racial slurs.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue