Stanley & Iris
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In this socially conscious drama with romantic overtones, Iris (Jane Fonda) is a working mother with a job at a large commercial bakery who is still getting over the death of her husband, though her circumstances don't give her much time to grieve. She's sharing her house with her two children, Kelly (Martha Plimpton) and Richard (Harley Cross); her unemployed sister, Sharon (Swoosie Kurtz); and her thuggish brother-in-law. The tensions at home become even greater when the teenaged Kelly announces that she's pregnant. One of the few bright spots in Iris' life is her blossoming… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The elements are in place but they don't add up to great drama in this well-meant effort to personalize the plight of illiterate people."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Here, in a movie less animated than a barrel of tree sloths, Ritt encourages stale performances and a pace as dull as more tree sloths."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Although the construction is somewhat haphazard, the intention is well meaning and DeNiro gives a characteristically sensitive rendering."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The ending, despite good intentions, is American cinema at its tackiest and most hollow."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"McAlpine may be the movie's smartest contributor. He alone seems to realize that this pedantic project will soon be graduating into home-video or classroom use."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...a harmless little romance that's elevated slightly by the charisma of its two stars..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's as honest and direct and entertaining as the considerable talents of everyone involved can make it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"While some of the sloppy filmmaking can be forgiven, the film's core message cannot."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There is also a good supporting cast here, and Fonda is effective in her role. But it's DeNiro who shines with a very affecting performance, as well as a natural chemistry with Fonda."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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