• R, 2 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Luc Besson
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2012
  • Cohen Media Group

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The Lady Reviews

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The Lady is a slog, a two-and-a-half hour, painted-on-wood exercise in political iconography.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2012
John Anderson
Newsday
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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
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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The Lady is little more than a history lesson - although a beautifully presented one - wrapped in the pink gloss of a G-rated potboiler evidenced in Suu Kyi's and Michael's storybook romance.

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

April 26, 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
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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This hagiography of Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is earnest, civilized and borderline unendurable.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 13, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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An appropriately respectful and dignified biopic.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Lady" is a portrait in moral and physical courage, a sort of analysis of what constitutes greatness.

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

April 13, 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
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Yeoh is perfectly cast. Slender and graceful, her physical resemblance to Suu Kyi is remarkable.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 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
Ella Taylor
NPR
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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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Such a rare individual deserves a film that treats her not as a saint, but the remarkable, complex human being she actually is.

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

April 12, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The Lady is ... tilted away from the churning melodrama of Suu Kyi's country and toward the intimate dilemma of a loving couple forced apart by circumstance.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 12, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Given Besson's career-long affinity for visual flash and breathless storytelling, it's especially disappointing that The Lady is so ordinary.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

April 12, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Who would have thought that the man behind such wackadoo fantasies as The Professional and The Fifth Element was capable of being so bloody boring?

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

April 10, 2012
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
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The narrative of the political neophyte's extraordinary courage as one of the founders of the National League for Democracy, who endured house arrest for 15 years, is often secondary to Suu Kyi as wife and mother separated from her loved ones.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 10, 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
Anna Smith
Time Out
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A worthwhile tribute with unforgettable scenes and an awards-worthy performance from Yeoh.

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

December 22, 2011
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
Justin Chang
Variety
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"Democracy takes time," a character observes in "The Lady," though viewers of all political stripes will be checking their watches during Luc Besson's dully conventional tribute to heroic Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 10, 2011
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