Driving Miss Daisy
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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Driving Miss Daisy spans a quarter-century in the intricate relationship of a Southern dowager and her chauffeur, and it is a movie that invites you to appreciate the passage of time in more than one way."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Driving Miss Daisy makes the simple point that combating racism can sometimes mean confronting a part of ourselves that we'd rather pretend does not exist. For Miss Daisy, it's as simple as admitting that Hoke is not just her driver, but her best friend."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"[Tandy and Freeman] are so affecting they turn what could have been merely well-meant hokum into a touching tribute to compassion and human dignity."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Touching tale of an unlikely friendship."
‑ Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
"Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman give exceptional performances"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"For Tandy, it's her most substantial film role since her sublime work in Alfred Hitchcock`s 1963 The Birds, and she takes full advantage of it; never playing for sympathy, she earns it completely."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Embalmed in good intentions, Driving Miss Daisy is a creaky adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The heart-warming story of how a bitter old Jewess learns to not be such a bitch to a patient Negro driver."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Freeman and Tandy have their own performer's pride, and that transfers to their characters. Tandy, in particular, is almost astringent in her denial of easy emotion."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"Alfred Uhry's adaptation of his Pulitzer-prizewinning play aspires more to complex observation of human behavior than to simple moralism about it. Precisely because it has its priorities straight, it succeeds superbly on both levels."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Bruce Beresford gives a solid lift to his uneven career with his careful and colorful directing of Alfred Uhry's screenplay, based on Mr. Uhry's prize-winning stage play."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"An exquisitely acted slice of cinematic comfort food, Driving Miss Daisy marked the coda of one great acting career and the rise of another."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"It gets to its hugely emotional destination without ever having to put the foot down; a poignant and provocative road movie."
‑ Philip Thomas, Empire Magazine
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