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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) Weinsteinmore
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: Apr 10, 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 Attaché
Matthew Marsh
as Alexander Haig
Willie Jonah
as Kenneth Kaunda
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Lady

All Critics (211) | 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… | November 5, 2013
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… | September 25, 2013

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

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
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… | June 14, 2013

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… | April 21, 2013

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

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Daily Star

Audience Reviews for The Iron Lady

Apart from Streep's performance, nothing else works in this terrible, disjointed mess of a biopic that is so badly written and directed, full of illogical narrative elements (the schizophrenia thing is unbelievable) and trying hard to soften the image of the character in an entirely artificial way.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Undoubtedly Meryl Streep's performance as the former Prime Minister of the UK was so good it could only be method. The rest of the film, however, is not as cohesive and linear as I would have liked. Jumping around in time is a fine storytelling device, and usually brings a greater emphasis on the importance of the future, but here it's misused, obviously trying to mirror other more popular films. I didn't see any importance in seeing Thatcher in modern times, slightly demented by the death of her husband and her life out of the public arena. Though it may have been an important part of Thatcher's life, we don't even see her husband onscreen enough to warrant him invading her life in the last section of the film. Everything felt rushed, the set pieces were nonexistent, the side characters were forgettable, and the extent of her reach was glossed over for a message of "women need to be taken seriously, more often." Though Thatcher was a trailblazer, and deserved better than a swift kick out of power by her underlings, the tragedy of this undeserved political ploy was underwhelming onscreen. Because everything is rushed along we never grasp the importance of Thatcher's reign, or her true character, which you would think, in a biopic, would be important.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Mediocre and diffuse. With all her great performances Meryl Streep won an Oscar for this? She has been much better elsewhere.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Iron Lady Quotes

Margaret Thatcher: If you take the tough decisions, people will hate you today, but they will love you in generations.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Margaret Thatcher: One of the greatest problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas. Now, thoughts and ideas, that interests me.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Margaret Thatcher: Gentlemen, shall we join the ladies?
– Submitted by Rawballs B (3 years ago)
Margaret Thatcher: Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.
– Submitted by Dave M (3 years ago)

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