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Worth A Look33.96%
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Pretty Bad: 16.98%
Total Crap: 1.89%

5 reviews, 23 user ratings

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Iris (2002)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Painful splinters."
2 stars

Iris is a tediously dull biopic on famed literati Iris Murdoch, in which the TV-movie-of-the-week-caliber BBC production annoyingly splinters the story into past and present fragments at the end of every-other scene.

(Actually, it is splintered into past and past, since Dame Iris has already died, but one fragment consists of her early “courtship” with John Bayley, among many other promiscuities, while the latter end unravels her deterioration from Alzheimer’s.) An unflattering shot of Kate Winslet swimming naked, followed by an unflattering shot of Judi Dench swimming (thankfully) in a bathing suit. So on and so forth. Director Richard Eyre smothers the tepid melodrama with a pedagogical discourse on the superficiality of love (“Love’s the only language everyone understands”/ “I can read love, but I don’t speak it”), and while one may grasp a passing coup d’oiel of what Iris was like, it completely fails to present who she was. The one good thing that I got out of this was a fantastic performance by Jim Broadbent as Bayley, made-up to look old and crickety, but in which he exudes more energy and excitement than all of Moulin Rouge’s steroids together. His young counterpart, Hugh Bonneville, was also equally as good—in resemblance (as were most of the characters’ counterparts) and in performance.

With Penelope Wilton and Timothy West.

Final Verdict: D.

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User Comments

8/05/09 Billy I wouldn't watch this shit if I were you 1 stars
9/19/06 marlina truly boring . overly filled with depressing scenes... 2 stars
6/15/04 T. Maj Unrelentingly depressing. No one over 60 should see it 2 stars
3/24/04 Margie another great performance from dame dench, and jim broadbent couldn't have been better. 4 stars
1/20/04 Charles Tatum Well acted, but too short 4 stars
6/11/03 Mystique Broadbent and the movie 5 stars
5/01/03 Andrew Carden Dench Is Perfect (As Usual...), but This Film Is Boring and Tiredsome. Winslet Is Miscast. 2 stars
3/11/03 Shadaan Felfeli Great film for a discerning audiance.Giving Halle Berry the oscar over Dench was a travesty 5 stars
11/16/02 Big Ted An Oscar for Dench, Broadbent, Winslet, and Bonneville, please! 5 stars
9/29/02 Peter Sherlock It's more about Dench and Broadbent than Murdoch. A good try. 3 stars
8/27/02 ownerofdajoint agreatviewofalzheimers 5 stars
6/09/02 natasha Jim Broadbent broke my heart in this 4 stars
4/05/02 Teresa Brilliant. More a celebration of a life than the sad story I expected. 4 stars
3/17/02 rajeshjha spellbound 5 stars
3/12/02 spaceworm Oscar Scmoscer. Say something intelligent! (It's Broadbent's film anyway.) 5 stars
3/08/02 Robert Greg is smoking crack. This is a truly beautiful movie. Geeky guy gets hot, smart girl! 5 stars
3/05/02 jann Judi Dench is brilliant .. as usual. She should get the Oscar. Outstanding. 5 stars
3/01/02 Pierce Lanson Not for young people. Brilliant acting. Judi will get the Oscar(1/3/02 5 stars
2/27/02 swanand its very good to see 5 stars
2/01/02 matthew smith a moving and ultimately a touching experience 4 stars
1/25/02 jamuna nice 5 stars
1/23/02 Andrew Benson This is a seriously important and beautiful movie. 5 stars
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  15-Feb-2002 (R)
  DVD: 20-Aug-2002



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