Stanley & Iris (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Stanley & Iris (1990)



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In this socially conscious drama with romantic overtones, Iris (Jane Fonda) is a working mother with a job at a large commercial bakery who is still getting over the death of her husband, though her circumstances don't give her much time to grieve. She's sharing her house with her two children, Kelly (Martha Plimpton) and Richard (Harley Cross); her unemployed sister, Sharon (Swoosie Kurtz); and her thuggish brother-in-law. The tensions at home become even greater when the teenaged Kelly announces that she's pregnant. One of the few bright spots in Iris' life is her blossoming friendship with Stanley (Robert De Niro), a nice guy who works in the bakery's cafeteria. However, Iris starts noticing a few odd things about Stanley and it slowly dawns on her that he can't read. When the boss figures this out, Stanley loses his job -- an especially troubling development, as Stanley has just had to put his father in a retirement home. Homeless and out of work, Stanley turns to Iris with a special request -- he'd like her to teach him how to read.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Pat Barker, Harriet Frank Jr. / Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Irving Ravetch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


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 (16) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stanley & Iris


If you need 90 minutes of a feel-good movie, this one is the one for you.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Very good movie with De Niro & Fonda :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Sappy, sweet and sentimental. A nice little romance with a message about literacy and family values.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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