Learning To Drive Reviews

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October 11, 2017
[It] has its own concerns and addresses them simply and winningly.
October 7, 2015
Visually, Learning to Drive is mostly flat -- but then, there are only so many ways you can shoot two people sitting next to each other in a car.
September 11, 2015
"Learning to Drive" is precisely the sort of adult-themed, intelligent and heartfelt film it wants to be, with Clarkson and Kingsley wonderfully on point.
September 10, 2015
Learning to Drive is a story of companionship, loneliness, resilience. It's a small, artfully crafted thing, but it resonates in big ways.
September 10, 2015
Together, [Kingsley and Clarkson] have so much to learn, and the operation of an automobile provides so many opportunities for metaphor.
September 3, 2015
It's a beautifully acted tale of friendship, and about how sometimes, you just need to move forward - in a car, or otherwise.
September 3, 2015
"Learning to Drive" would be an entirely inert expedition were it not for Clarkson, who plays against Kingsley's sentinel of propriety with her signature radiance and birdlike gracefulness.
August 28, 2015
The film also provides an interesting view into Sikh culture, illustrating in colorful detail the various rituals that inform the devout driving instructor's personal life.
August 28, 2015
Endearing, mordant, and impeccably acted.
August 28, 2015
Coixet, Clarkson and Kingsley have worked together previously (in the 2008 drama Elegy), but this is the Spanish filmmaker's first crack at comedy. She passes the test, seemingly with ease.
August 27, 2015
Learning to Drive may be a small movie, but it's a haunting one.
August 27, 2015
Over-simplified with a lot of emotional hand-holding, but just charismatic enough to work.
August 27, 2015
Clarkson develops a push-pull rapport with Kingsley that fills in the blanks - or, rather, mitigates the script's on-the-nose tendencies.
August 27, 2015
"Learning to Drive" offers some hit-and-miss pleasures, but may finally strike you as pedestrian.
August 21, 2015
This film is a little too on-the-nose in its automobile-as-freedom metaphors, but that didn't hurt my enjoyment. I found myself rooting for this small, quiet dramedy to succeed. For the most part, it does just fine.
August 20, 2015
"Learning to Drive" is a richly observed, crosscultural character study that coasts along pleasurably on the strengths of its virtuoso leads.
August 20, 2015
As this movie, directed by Isabel Coixet, tracks the deepening friendship between people from different cultures and backgrounds, it acquires an unforced metaphorical resonance.
Top Critic
August 20, 2015
The film seems to take its method entirely from Darwan's quiet, methodical patter about how to move safely across lanes and through intersections. It's good advice for driving, but less helpful for drama.
August 20, 2015
Wears out its welcome, and energy, through unswerving conformity to its dramatic scheme.
August 20, 2015
As these two actors travel this road together, they create - both in the driver's-ed car and within each scene - a small, safe space where every gesture is simultaneously small and incredibly important.
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