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Iris

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United Kingdom, United States
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2001

Rated R · 1h 31m

Director Richard Eyre
Starring Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Genre Drama, Romance

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A biopic which follows Iris Murdoch from her time as a brilliant scholar at Oxford through her illustrious career as a well-known European philosopher and novelist, ending with her in old age, sick from dementia as she deals with Alzheimer's disease.

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90

Washington Post by

Not just a fitting document of a life brilliantly lived but a vibrant, almost palpitating piece of cinema.
80

Salon by Charles Taylor

Suffers from PBS syndrome, but Dame Judi Dench cures with a moving portrayal of life with Alzheimer's.
80

L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

The film is not a biopic or a portrait of a famous marriage so much as it is an imaginative essay on what made a union between two radically different people work as well as it did.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

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.
75

New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Though Iris is extremely well-acted and beautifully photographed, some audience members may find themselves agreeing with Bayley's frustrated complaint: "I've never known who you are."

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