The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The great Maggie Smith stars in this light-hearted true story as an elderly homeless woman who strikes up an unusual relationship with English playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings, The Queen), whilst living in a van parked outside his house. Co-stars Jim Broadbent (Le Week-End), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn) and James Corden (One Chance).

2015Rating: M, Offensive language104 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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The Lady in the Van / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Low on narrative drive, and marred by a misjudged final-act swerve into extravagant whimsy, Nicholas Hytner’s amiable luvvie-fest is enlivened by Smith’s signature irascibility.

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Time Out

Time Out

A wonderful Maggie Smith plays all this dead straight, poker-faced for maximum laughs.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

In Ms. Smith's tough, levelheaded performance, Mary is an irascible termagant full of batty notions clutching on to life as best she can. She is hard to like, and that's good.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Smith’s performance, honed from the previous stage and radio versions, is terrifically good.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Bennett offers Maggie Smith a chance to renovate her own recent persona with a woman who's heroically alive. Smith takes it with both hands, giving us more of the loneliness and despair of old age than the glib comedy.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's fun to watch Shepherd hate on bratty children, classical music and liberal pieties.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A delicately written, boisterously performed movie about the difficult people who dare us to care about them.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

On the surface, The Lady in the Van is mild to a fault but - like its author - it is powered by sharp observations about life and people.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It's Smith's eccentric oldster who is the film's driving force, and the 80-year-old actress doesn't disappoint.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Its droll sense of sentiment makes up significantly for its so-slight smugness. A minor gem.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Unshowy to a fault, Hytner delivers a fine, moving comedy of English manners...

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