• R, 2 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Luc Besson
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2012
  • Cohen Media Group
  • The Lady
    3 minutes 32 seconds
    Added: Jan 18, 2012


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The Lady Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Lady doesn't do justice to the amazing life and democratic crusade of Aung San Suu Kyi despite excellent performances by David Thewlis and Michelle Yeoh.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Luc Besson's sterile, unfussy direction and a pat script severely compromise what is nevertheless a career-best performance from Michelle Yeoh.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2012

Besson has surely struck cinematic gold? Disappointingly not, even if charismatic actress Michelle Yeoh is present to help translate Daw Suu's remarkable political and personal journey.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Besson hits familiar biopic beats, but the formula could have used something a little more daring to liven things up.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[It] does indeed deal with a real life, but follows so faithfully the traditional shape of film biography that it feels less convincing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 19, 2012
Ella Taylor
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"I don't like this cult of personality," Suu Kyi tells her husband on the patio. The Lady, on the other hand, is all for it.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 12, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The screen version falls afoul of a laggardly pace, an earnest tone and a surfeit of domesticity.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 12, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It doesn't rouse the spirit. It barely breathes.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 3, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

Well-meaning biopic will barely satisfy people's curiosity about a little-seen woman. Played up as more tragic personal sacrifice than politics, she remains a noble symbol.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 4/10

April 23, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Yeoh's serene dignity counts for much, but overall The Lady suffers from a serious case of the bland.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 10, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

She's a great woman who deserves a better biopic.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 12, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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A fumbling and fawning - if sincere - tribute to the living legend and a director who has never seemed more out of his element.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

As far as biopics stand Besson has spared no expense in creating as authentic and presentable a movie as he could with The Lady. Yet he has failed to tap into that sense of outrage, sadness and hope that a story like this should conjure.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2012
Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
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A heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 20, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The inspiring true story soon suffers respiratory failure.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2011
Brian Tallerico

Besson does draw the best out of his two leads but The Lady is a film about an extraordinary woman. So why is it such an ordinary film?

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2.5/5.0

April 12, 2012
Michelle Orange

A kind of Botoxed biopic with an unlikely director - Luc Besson - manning the syringe.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 5/10

December 1, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Paralyzes history and human drama with relentless hagiography.

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

April 10, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The Lady" presents a stately, rather dull portrayal of a loving marriage stymied by the whims of political necessity and fascist generals.

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

April 12, 2012
John Anderson
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"The Lady" is a two-hour trip into earnestness, from which audiences will want a little liberation of their own.

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

April 27, 2012
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