Iris (2001)

Based on a pair of memoirs by her husband John Bayley, this biographical portrait of writer Iris Murdoch stars both Judi Dench and Kate Winslet as the philosophical author at different stages of her life. When the young Iris (Winslet) meets… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 14, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A solidly constructed drama, Iris is greatly elevated by the strength of its four lead performances.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

[The] performances, if nothing else, embody a standard of excellence that Iris Murdoch herself would surely have cheered.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There are not two, but four sterling performances here.

Sophie Gorman
The Herald (Ireland)

Powerful performances and a sensitive script in Iris combine in such a powerful manner that the effect is almost unbearably moving

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The impoverished story keeps Iris from achieving greatness, but no qualifiers are needed for the acting.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Not just a fitting document of a life brilliantly lived but a vibrant, almost palpitating piece of cinema.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Admittedly, it's hard not to be affected.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

For a movie whose subject is the decline and fall of a towering intellect, there's precious little to think about here.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

...intrigues and devastates.

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Emanuel Levy

Despite good acting from the two pairs, viewers expecting illuminating insights about the literary genius, eccentric philosophy and complex sexuality of Iris Murdoch will be disappointed by Richard Eyre's minor, rambling, TV-like film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
Whilst the performances and cast we very good and well suited to each other, I feel like this is supposed to make Iris look like a great person who had a… More
Jim Hunter
While I watched this film, I enjoyed it. i enjoyed Dench's convincing portrayal of the Alzheimer's-afflicted Murdoch and Winslet as the vivacious… More
Randy Tippy
Heart wrenching true story of the remarkable life of Iris Murdoch and her utterly devoted husband John Bayley. I found myself having flashbacks of <i>The… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Her greatest talent was for life"</i> True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley,… More
Spencer S.
Each individual performance was influenced by the actual character, but personality leaked in undoubtedly. Judi Dench, so utterly amazingly, took on… More
Jennifer Xu
it's SO hard to rate movies like this because even though i don't enjoy the movie i understand the art behind it. like the acting was absolutely… More