The Iron Lady (2012)



Critic Consensus: Meryl Streep's performance as The Iron Lady is reliably perfect, but it's mired in bland, self-important storytelling.

Movie Info

The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world. -- (C) Weinstein

Rating: PG-13 (for some violent images and brief nudity)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Hirst, Abi Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2012
Box Office: $30.0M
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


Meryl Streep

as Margaret Thatcher
Jim Broadbent

as Denis Thatcher
Harry Lloyd

as Young Denis Thatcher
Anthony Head

as Geoffrey Howe
Alexandra Roach

as Young Margaret Thatc...
Roger Allam

as Gordon Reece
Richard E. Grant

as Michael Heseltine
Olivia Colman

as Carol Thatcher
Nicholas Farrell

as Airey Neave
Eloise Webb

as Young Carol
Pip Torrens

as Ian Gilmour
Julian Wadham

as Francis Pym
Angus Wright

as John Nott
Nick Dunning

as Jim Prior
Iain Glen

as Alfred Roberts
Michael Pennington

as Michael Foot
David Westhead

as Shadow Minister
Phoebe Waller

as Bridge-Susie
Victoria Bewick

as Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst

as Beatrice Roberts
Sylvestra Le Touzel

as Hostess 1949
Michael Culkin

as Host 1949
Stephanie Jacob

as Female Guest 1949
Robert Portal

as Grey Suited Guest 19...
Richard M. Dixon

as Male Guest 1949
Clifford Rose

as James R.
Jeremy Clyde

as James T.
John Sessions

as Edward Heath
Richard Syms

as House of Commons Spe...
John Harding

as Cabinet Minister
Simon Chandler

as Cabinet Minister
Stephen Boxer

as Cabinet Minister
Jasper Jacob

as Cabinet Minister
Rupert Vansittart

as Cabinet Minister
Robin Kermode

as Cabinet Minister
Andrew Havill

as Cabinet Minister
Michael Elwyn

as Cabinet Minister
Peter Pacey

as Cabinet Minister
Jeremy Child

as Cabinet Minister
James Smith

as Cabinet Minister
Hugh Ross

as Cabinet Minister
Chris Campbell

as Cabinet Minister
Paul Bentley

as Cabinet Minister
Martin Wimbush

as Cabinet Minister
Simon Slater

as Cabinet Minister
David Cann

as TV Interviewer
David Rintoul

as Admiral Fieldhouse
Nicholas Jones

as Admiral Leach
Richard Goulding

as Naval Attach?
Matthew Marsh

as Alexander Haig
Willie Jonah

as Kenneth Kaunda
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Lady

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (47)

So, as thrilling as it is to watch Streep imitate Thatcher, The Iron Lady feels like a missed opportunity, not to blame and cast aspersions, but to weigh and assess.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Film Comment Magazine

It's a pity Streep can't be picked up as Thatcher like a chess piece and placed down in a different, better film.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012

A solid tribute to the conservative icon despite its meandering focus on her failing health.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Big Hollywood

...ignores the political and historical context of almost EVERYTHING that happens so that they can make the fabulously reductive statement that LIFE WAS TOUGH FOR GIRLS, BUT SHE WAS A TOUGH GIRL.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012

The narrative is not well structured, and Streep's performance suffers as a result.... The scenes with Broadbent are the best. They just aren't worth sitting through a history lesson that isn't taught well.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012

Plucking the audience's heartstrings feels like the worst possible way to make a film about someone called The Iron Lady.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Daily Star

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