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  • Summary: The true story of the romance between novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch (Dench, Winslet) and John Bayley (Broadbent), from their meeting at Oxford, through over 40 years, including Murdoch's fight with Alzheimer's Disease.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    First and foremost, Iris is a magnificent story about the enduring bond between two eccentric, astounding souls who somehow managed to find each other and hold on for dear life.
  2. Intelligent, poignant film.
  3. 88
    The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
  4. It's good, but not great -- despite the heights to which Dench and Broadbent drive it. But those heights are lofty, the pain still stings.
  5. The movie's most artful feature is the fluidity with which the past slides into the present, echoing Murdoch's own unmoored sentience, so that the younger self, played with dash and vigor by Kate Winslet, turns into the old woman lost in her own home.
  6. By continually interrupting the sequences of the adult couple with scenes of the young pair, Eyre shatters the emotional power of Dench and Broadbent.
  7. 50
    Because the film is well-acted and written with intelligence, it might be worth seeing, despite my objections. I suspect my own feelings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. BrandonS.
    Mar 20, 2008
    This is a beautiful, heartbreaking movie.
  2. Dec 5, 2015
    What a strangely pointless film !……so shallow….so bored with its material and so boring to watch - a kind of Dutiful Exercise for everyoneWhat a strangely pointless film !……so shallow….so bored with its material and so boring to watch - a kind of Dutiful Exercise for everyone involved....Tiresome one-note performances wedded to tedious one-note direction. Rarely have I watched a film script and a ham-fisted directorial touch produce a work that so totally abandoned the characters ! They are depicted here with something like complete indifference. They bore us and ultimately seem almost ridiculous and pathetic..... The only thing this movie has going for it is snob appeal....but that - sad to say- is almost always enough to "wow" the critics. Expand

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