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The Iron Lady Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 9, 2016
While it's the filmmaker's right to sympathise with this furiously divisive and much reviled figure in British politics, the uncritical approach severely undermines the film's conviction.
Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
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.
Justin Craig
September 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A solid tribute to the conservative icon despite its meandering focus on her failing health.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Vincent Mancini
June 14, 2013
...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 | Original Score: F
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
Plucking the audience's heartstrings feels like the worst possible way to make a film about someone called The Iron Lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Meryl Streep mesmerises in her portrayal of Britain's groundbreaking but controversial leader.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
January 29, 2013
As it stands, The Iron Lady isn't doing any favours for history, feminism or at the very least fans of biopics, but it is a clear victory for Streep. It's just too bad that the film doesn't do her spot-on performance any justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Beck
September 17, 2012
There's a great story to be told about the life of Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, this is not it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
As it stands, The Iron Lady isn't doing any favours for history, feminism or at the very least fans of biopics, but it is a clear victory for Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
September 4, 2012
Streep brilliantly conveying the movie's ultimate message: After all you accomplish in this life, it's the little things that may just be our intended destinies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
With everything, including the most pivotal moments, rendered in shorthand, The Iron Lady diminishes the accomplishments of the person whose story it tells and the actress working so hard to offer a well-rounded embodiment of her.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rob Gonsalves
April 30, 2012
The filmmakers haven't come to any conclusion about Thatcher or, indeed, why they made a movie about her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 16, 2012
Not as satisfying as 'Kings Speech' or 'The Queen' but Streep's predictably flawless performance of Margaret Thatcher induces awe and rousing audience response.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Streep's performance of a dismissive line such as "People don't think anymore, they feel," will have even the most dyed-in-the-wool liberal questioning core beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 10, 2012
Loved and loathed in equal measure, Margaret Thatcher is a difficult subject for any film, how do you make 'the Iron Lady' a sympathetic character? Why would disconcerting audiences flock to see this film?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
March 2, 2012
Meryl Streep singlehandedly carries The Iron Lady with a performance-quite literally-for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 17, 2012
Mesmo beneficiada por uma performance impecável de Meryl Streep, acaba soando mais como um cruzamento entre Uma Mente Brilhante e A Vida é Dura - A História de Dewey Cox.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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