Stanley & Iris (1990) - Drama, Romance

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A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 6 out of 43 found boring (13.95%)

One-line Reviews (24)

I came across this movie one boring afternoon while flipping through my HBO channels.

Intriguing because, despite all this, despite the predictable ending and the lack of character-building (the waster brother-in-law shows up once and then disappears forever, for instance) and general lack of depth - you cannot really dislike it.

Very enjoyable movie.

It can skip background information, go too fast in some places, too slow in others, etc. Magic in this film: the scene in the library.

The first fifteen minutes of the movie make you think you are about to watch an intense, off-beat social document about burning issues like illiteracy, widowhood, old age, loneliness, teenage motherhood, poverty, mother-daughter relationship etc.In fact they are all hurled at you one after the other in the first reel itself.

Where it becomes entertaining is that the two characters are totally likable.

The movie moves at a snail's pace, is photographed in an ill-advised manner, and is insufferably preachy.

Watch it if you're bored or in need of a better outlook on life.

Depressing yes, but utterly gripping.

Good title, good acting, an enjoyable movie .

A complete waste of talent and time .

It was interesting to see a slice of American life that's different from the glamour (huge homes with swimming pools) that is so often the backdrop to Hollywood movies (yawn).

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

To sum up, a heartfelt and richly enjoyable couple of hours.

Good title, good acting, an enjoyable movie .

An oldie, but entertaining .

The romance is a slow boil.

Robert DiNiro's character was just a bit too contrived.

Very enjoyable movie.

Excellent performances by Jane Fonda and Robert DeNiro that rank with their best work, a great turn by a young Martha Plimpton, an inspiring story line, and a haunting musical score makes for a most enjoyable and rewarding experience.

And while these "mysteries" are explained in the course of the story, their unfolding seems somewhat contrived.

Worth watching once.

I started by saying it's an intriguing movie.

It also plugs in every cliche in the book.