Iris

User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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User Reviews

  1. JohnR.
    Feb 18, 2002
    4
    We had high hopes for Iris after reading the reviews and seeing the long line snaking into the theater. With its clunky mechanics, barely engaging characters, and sometimes inaudible dialogue (reminded us of "Gosford Park"),however, we felt it was a poorly-spent 110 minutes.
  2. BrandonS.
    Mar 20, 2008
    9
    This is a beautiful, heartbreaking movie.
  3. Richard
    Aug 26, 2002
    6
    There's no discounting the power of the Dame's performance, nor the persuasiveness of Winslet's, or the feat of Bonneville's matching Broadbent. But because the genius of Iris Murdoch is given short shrift in favor of her personal idiosyncrasies, the ultimate tragedy of a brilliant mind lost becomes murky. The film gets awfully redundant in its last half hour.
  4. TerryM.
    Feb 27, 2002
    5
    A depressing story that concentrated on the decline of an artist, rather than on her formative and vigorous youth. Kate Winslet almost keeps the film bouyant.
  5. JesseS.
    Aug 22, 2002
    10
    But that's still too low a score! It's a magnificently structured film boasting four Oscar caliber performances. This is one of the best films of the year or any other eaar!
  6. Dec 5, 2015
    0
    What 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 likeWhat 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

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 75
    It may not be a great movie, but the acting in it is amazing.
  2. 88
    The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
  3. 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.