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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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  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. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Despite the sad denouement, it's still the love story of the year.
  4. A story with a beginning and end but without a middle. Two slices of bread without the sandwich meat, I wrote in my notes.
  5. Dench and Winslet give strong and creative performances, and Broadbent is positively brilliant as old Bayley.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    It's a great achievement, quiet enough to allow room for her excellent supporting cast -- but strong enough to be felt over James Horner's omnipresent, typically overbearing score.
  7. 50
    Rarely does a movie feel as leaden-footed as Iris, especially when it tries to bounce back and forth. The audience is transported between two very obvious stories and becomes slightly irritated by the grinding inevitability of both of them. As a result, Iris Murdoch gets lost in the shuffle.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

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