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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Excellent British biopic has nudity, sex, language, illness.

Movie R 2002 91 minutes
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With its starry cast at its center, it's easy to see why this 2001 patient character study of Iris Murdoch landed three Academy Award best actor nominations. Dench, Broadbent -- who won for his portrayal of the older Bayley -- Winslet, and Bonneville deliver a well-paced script, co-adapted and directed by Richard Eyre. Especially during the scenes between Winslet and Bonneville during Murdoch's younger years, the film captures the main character's piercing intellect without alienating the audience.

Likewise, Murdoch's later years, and the difficulties she experienced as her formidable mind started to fail her, are depicted with unfussy realism and are never overly dramatic. The movie's quiet, domestic tone won't be for everyone, and one wonders whether the strain Murdoch's liberal attitude about sex placed on her marriage would've been explored in more depth if Iris hadn't been adapted from a memoir by her husband. But on the whole, this in an informative, well-acted biopic of a woman whose life's work deserves to be preserved and remembered.

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