Stanley & Iris

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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.


Jane Fonda
as Iris Estelle King
Robert De Niro
as Stanley Everett Cox
Martha Plimpton
as Kelly King
Harley Cross
as Richard King
Bob Aaron
as Bakery Foreman
Karen Ludwig
as Melissa
Kathy Kinney
as Bernice
Mary Testa
as Joanne
Stephen Root
as Mr. Hentley
Eddie Jones
as Mr. Hagen
Fred J. Scollay
as Mr. Delancey
Jack Gill
as The Pursesnatcher
Bob Aarron
as Bakery Foreman
Gordon Masten
as Oscar Roebuck
Richard Blackburn
as Park Ranger
B.J. Reed
as Nurse
Conrad Bergschneider
as Apple Picker Foreman
Guy Sanvido
as Man in Car
Paul Horruzey
as Street Kid
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Critic Reviews for Stanley & Iris

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (10)

  • 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.

    Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006
  • It's as honest and direct and entertaining as the considerable talents of everyone involved can make it.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It's the very definition of a "nice" film, never offending, never offering emotional fireworks, but hitting its notes with Ritt's soft-spoken grace.

    Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stanley & Iris

  • Nov 05, 2013
    If you need 90 minutes of a feel-good movie, this one is the one for you.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2010
    Very good movie with De Niro & Fonda :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2009
    Great movie with a perfect ending
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2009
    Sappy, sweet and sentimental. A nice little romance with a message about literacy and family values.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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