Box art for Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

drama


JESSICA TANDY stars in this is the touching tale of an unusual quarter-century friendship between an eccentric elderly Southern Jewish matron and her loyal, black chauffeur.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    82%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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, Monday, January 6, 2014

Fresh: It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: 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, Monday, January 6, 2014

Audience Reviews

3 stars

While certainly not a perfect film by any means, this 1989 Best Picture winner's strong suit is featured in the terrific performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy; Freeman was nominated for Best Actor for his role, while Tandy became the oldest Best Actress winner in Oscars history (80 years old) for her part. I also quite enjoyed Esther Rolle's seemingly unassailed performance as Tandy's elderly maid; IMDb notes no accolades awarded to her for her part. Though a fairly minor role, Rolle's character was invaluable in the contrast not only between herself and Freeman, but between Freeman and Tandy. However, I feel little can be said for the latter half of its framing, in which many scenes felt out of place and quite possibly redundant. Not much can be said either for the mediocre acting from supporter Dan Aykroyd, who was also undeservedly nominated for an Oscar for his role. But, as I'll say time and time again, sentimentality and heartfelt nature in a movie will make up for many flaws, and this movie hits that note with perfection.

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

3 stars

Framed by the shameful but accurate social inequities of the period, Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy elevate a storyline that could have easily bogged down in a sea of stereotyped caricatures. Instead there is humor and warmth in abundance.

- flixsterman, Wednesday, March 31, 2010

4 stars

Very lovely Movie.

- ScoopOnline, Sunday, December 6, 2009