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Metascore

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75
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.
63
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.
63
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.
63
New York Post
The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea.
63
Linney's character is written as a one-dimensional monster whose selfish cruelty is beyond redemption and, ultimately, belief.
63
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.
60
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.
50
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.
50
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.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Linney is too sensitive and capable an actress to play a stock villain like this. That everyone in the movie dislikes her makes you dislike everyone in the movie.
40
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.

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