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The Lady In The Van (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Led by a marvelous performance from Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van wrings poignant, often hilarious insight from its fact-based source material.

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This film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
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    PG-13 (for a brief unsettling image)
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    Sony Pictures

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Cast

Maggie Smith
as Miss Shepherd
Alex Jennings
as Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
as Alan Bennett
James Corden
as Street Trader
Frances De La Tour
as Mrs. Vaughn Williams
Dominic Cooper
as Theatre Actor
Jim Broadbent
as Underwood
Samuel Anderson
as Jehovah's Witness
Pandora Colin
as Fiona Perry
Nicholas Burns
as Giles Perry
David Calder
as Leo Fairchild
Marion Bailey
as Housekeeper At Convent
Cecilia Noble
as Miss Briscoe - Social Worker
Claire Foy
as Lois - Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Lady In The Van

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (35)

Jennings' portrayal isn't as flashy as Smith's - the things she can do with just a glance - but the balance they achieve is absolutely glorious.

Full Review… | February 12, 2016
Detroit News
Top Critic

There's an elegiac, sentimental quality to this film adaptation, from the manipulative meet-cute of Alan and Miss Shepherd through their disputations.

Full Review… | February 5, 2016
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

You leave "Lady in the Van" entertained but troubled; it's an agreeably but oddly off-balance film, juggling and nearly dropping the star turn at its center.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The joy of the film comes in watching Smith work her magic.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Smith's performance as the bizarre old lady, who manages to get help by rejecting it, is the reason to watch this film.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

"The Lady in the Van" doesn't pretend to be anything more than a pleasant diversion. And on that level, it succeeds.

Full Review… | February 3, 2016
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for The Lady In The Van

The biggest problem of this witless, excruciating movie is that it makes it almost impossible for us to feel any sympathy towards such an odious old lady (is she supposed to be adorable in all her eccentricity? I can't tell), and I couldn't wait to see her die so it would be finally over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An elegant and amusing drama. This sweet movie is slow but the wonderfully talented Smith carries it through to the end!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

Is it possible that all the pieces of a work come together beautifully and still the work is "meh?" Based on a true story of a homeless woman who parked and lived in a guy's driveway for 15 years, everything is well done here. It's inventive as all get out. And yet ... nothing explodes in your face. Is that even a criticism? I loved it, but ...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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