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The Iron Lady Reviews

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 20, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Yes, Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

January 13, 2012

Globe and Mail
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The Iron Lady is a performance in search of a film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Often "The Iron Lady" relies on montages to get to - and plow through - historic high points.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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[Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Streep's performance is so true and so uncannily accurate, so full and so complete in its understanding, that she is fascinating every second she is onscreen.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Streep, no fan of Thatcher, nicely undercuts the poignancy of her current condition with flashbacks that reveal her brittle arrogance in office.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 12, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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While the rest of "The Iron Lady" fades quickly in memory, Meryl Streep's performance in the title role remains startlingly present.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Everything Streep does here is a seismic act of theater. If she so much as tilts her head, the earth tilts with it. She doesn't simply overwhelm this thin historic biography - and the other actors around her - she detonates it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Streep is Oscar-worthy here, as she almost always is, which is hardly a surprise, and the historic subject matter is fascinating whichever way your politics may lean.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A stylized biography of one of the most powerful women in politics, portrayed by the greatest actress of our time, that asks more questions than it answers.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

January 12, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Even if you have little interest in Thatcher or why she mattered, you'll likely respond to the contradictory yet charismatic character that Streep has conjured from truth and myth.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Yes, it's a strangely de-politicized portrait of Britain's first female prime minister. But what's there is actually enough.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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You have to be very talented to work with Meryl Streep. It also helps to know how to use her. "The Iron Lady" fails in both of these categories.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Streep gets under the skin of one of the 20th century's most dynamic and also most contained personalities.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2012
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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Streep and Broadbent are entirely watchable, and Thatcher's story, even in its vague and watered-down state, is inherently interesting.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

January 6, 2012
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Certainly, it's worth seeing and arguing over, but my personal take on Thatcher remains unchanged, Streep's virtuoso ministrations notwithstanding.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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It isn't Streep's fault that The Iron Lady ends up feeling so uninvolving and oddly dour.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 5, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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Maudlin and ham-fisted, The Iron Lady is cinematic scrap metal.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 4, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Streep is... pitch perfect. Much like her Julia Child in Julie and Julia, she goes way beyond impersonation. But even Streep can't single-handedly give depth and nuance to a movie so briskly content with skimming surfaces both political and psychological.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

January 4, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The screenplay is pedestrian and the acting, including that of star Meryl Streep, is unmemorable.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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If it weren't for Streep, The Iron Lady would be unwatchable.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 31, 2011
Robert Levin
The Atlantic
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The film views Thatcher with sympathy and admiration; the effect is a strange movie that manages to compel while also coming off as shortsighted.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 3/4

December 30, 2011
Leah Rozen
The Wrap
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No matter your politics, [Streep] makes you see Thatcher as a real person rather than a caricature.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

December 30, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Takes a blandly nonpartisan approach to one of the most controversial, as well as influential, politicians in British history.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 30, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The film stars an unsurpassable Meryl Streep, whose ability to empathize with her characters has never been more gloriously impassioned than it is in this titanic performance.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 30, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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What "The Iron Lady" does contain - what makes it worth watching - is a literally amazing performance by Meryl Streep ...

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 30, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though not illuminating as a historical biopic, the film features a tour-de-force performance by Meryl Streep.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 29, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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An affecting if not always satisfying portrait of the strong-willed leader humbled by age.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Those hoping for insight into the life and times of Margaret Thatcher herself will leave deeply disappointed.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 29, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The Iron Lady is shallow but satisfying, largely because of Meryl Streep and her big fake English teeth and gift for using mimicry as a means of achieving empathy.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

December 29, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The Iron Lady is a clever and oddly touching entertainment.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 29, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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You are left with the impression of an old woman who can't quite remember who she used to be and of a movie that is not so sure either.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 29, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Is there anything that Meryl Streep can't do as an actress? One can only marvel at her virtuoso performance as Britain's Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady.'

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 29, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Thatcher contains multitudes; she is rife with contradictions you can barely glimpse in this modestly affecting movie.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 29, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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The Iron Lady is a conventional biopic with one great performance and a few memorable scenes.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3.0/5

December 27, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Despite the story's conceit of placing the viewer inside Thatcher's head, she never feels like a real person -- but this is more the fault of Morgan's script than Streep's typically studied performance...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 27, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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An oddly unsettling compound of glorification and malice that whirls around and winds up nowhere.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 27, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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For as much of a mess as this movie is, there are moments in which Streep and Broadbent draw it into a sharp humanist focus. But they don't occur often enough.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

December 26, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Even the greatest actress of our time can only do so much when the figure she's playing just isn't on the page.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 26, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Streep is her own irresistible show as she assumes, with the precision that is her trademark, the character of the U.K.'s staunchly conservative prime minister in the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 21, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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There's nothing even Ms. Streep's craft and resourcefulness can do to make this cold, humorless woman of iron likeable, and the whole thing is too dry to sustain so much screen time.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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There's barely an incident from the right honourable PM's regime that Lloyd doesn't gild with distracting Dutch angles or chintzy archival-footage montages.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2011
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Playing both the staunch human battleship and the diminished old woman sifting through her past, Meryl Streep is riveting in The Iron Lady.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 24, 2011
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Glosses over the former British prime minister's politics in favor of a glib, breakneck whirl around her career and marriage.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 24, 2011
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