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About the Movie
From legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 94
- Fresh: 92
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Iris" serves as a spirited, often dazzling primer in how to fight the dying of the light and feel fabulous while doing it.
Fresh: Iris is an absolute kick, whether or not you care a whit about the world this character is moving through. And she is a character, with her big round glasses and her big opinions.
Fresh: 'Iris" is a joyful look at an aging eccentric and an examination of the playful nature of design and fashion; it likely won't change your life, but will bring a smile to your face.
Fresh: The film plays like a refreshingly frank visit with a favorite relative.
Amazing, inspiring, delightful! There is nothing quite like Iris Apfel. This movie feels almost voyeuristic at times as the camera follows Iris through scenes of everyday life. Much of the film is spent in close camera shots which allow the audience to understand the subtext of the very intimate relationship between Iris and her husband Carl. Watching her place costume jewelry on manikins provides tremendous insight into what makes her sense of style so unique. It's hard to resist falling in love with Iris Apfel after watching this movie.
Hoarders for the rich and stylish
Iris Apfel is lovable but this movie skips along a rather dull surface and seems like a PR reel more than anything else. If Iris were poor it would be an episode of Hoarders. But she is a rich NYer, so instead, she gets a show at the Met. We never find out why Iris is depressed, what drives her OCD or more about her relationship. Cotton candy for publicists/stylists who live in Manhattan.
My fashion idol
The movie is a glittering trove of wisdom. As original and captivating as the subject herself. Movie buffs and fashion fanatics alike won’t want to miss this collaboration between two giants of their respective fields.