Stanley & Iris
Stanley & Iris (1990)

This bittersweet romance follows the relationship between a middle-aged couple whose meet when the recently widowed and still-grieving woman (Jane Fonda) offers to teach a lonely co-worker (Robert De Niro) how to read.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 9, 1990
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Although the construction is somewhat haphazard, the intention is well meaning and DeNiro gives a characteristically sensitive rendering.

Stephen Garrett
Time Out

The ending, despite good intentions, is American cinema at its tackiest and most hollow.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a harmless little romance that's elevated slightly by the charisma of its two stars...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's as honest and direct and entertaining as the considerable talents of everyone involved can make it.

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TV Guide

While some of the sloppy filmmaking can be forgiven, the film's core message cannot.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
If you need 90 minutes of a feel-good movie, this one is the one for you.
Cassie Hill
Very good movie with De Niro & Fonda :)
Randy Tippy
Sappy, sweet and sentimental. A nice little romance with a message about literacy and family values.