The Lady in the Van Synopsis
A man (Alex Jennings) forms a bond with a vagrant (Maggie Smith) who lives in a vehicle near his house.
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Movie Reviews

Lady in the van

By andreafayfriedman
It is a great movie to watch you will love it...

... Oscar Performance by Maggie Smith

By richardinphx
I guess being old, acting old, and feeling old are one and separate things, but in this movie every human emotion in the universe and all those in between are shouted, eye lifted, cover your ears,...

Maggie Smith unafraid to be seen at her worst

By mikedefibaugh
Really enjoyed the movie. Maggie Smith isn't afraid to be seen as an obnoxious, unkempt homeless vagabond. Several elements of the story spoke to me as a person dealing with an aging parent and the...


By dachsielover
While some of this is very hard to watch, this movie made me think hard about judging and preconceived biases. Maggie Smith is AMAZING!!!!...

Lady in the Van

By cbillheimer
Maggie Smith does it again, in this tender and funny tale of a crusty old lady who lives in her van. The back story of her life comes out during the movie, and Alan Bennett, who befriends her, has a...


By georgiasalaverri
While the acting was brilliant, I found the story to be depressing. I had hoped it would be a more light-hearted movie....

The Lady In The Van

Maggie Smith is just plain genius! The story was delivered unusually with the double character and it took some sorting out but actually was very effective. I think it was best suited for maturity...

Maggie Smith awesome

By JeGr
Beautifully told story of an aging woman's final years while being protected by a stranger until her death. Strangely he doesn't want his own aging mother to live with him, but yet allows Smith...

A very good character Study

By hkaplan918
This is a well acted and literate film. It is very good, and very English. It just misses greatness. Still, it was worth seeing....

The lady in the Van

What a totally delightful FILM! Dame Maggie is all that and a bag of chips. From the Estate in Downton Abbey to the back of a van. simply marvelous....

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Rated PG-13 | For A brief unsettling image.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Maggie Smith is unforgettable in (mostly) true dramedy.
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