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The Iron Lady Reviews

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September 18, 2017
Played by the always exceptional Meryl Streep, Thatcher is given more humanity than she may actually deserve.
September 8, 2017
While the movie tries to cultivate Thatcher's life, it's not perfect. But the chemistry between Broadbent and Streep to elevate an untold romance beautifully elevates the flawed movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 30, 2017
As for Streep, she's taken this material and run with it like Tim Tebow with a Hail Mary pass.
August 21, 2017
The Iron Lady is one sad old grey mare, a warhorse in the worst sense of the term, lame, tired, hobbled by a dreadful script and worse direction.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
March 4, 2013
Meryl Streep mesmerises in her portrayal of Britain's groundbreaking but controversial leader.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
September 24, 2012
All of the film's flaws melt away in the face of another great performance by Streep.
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
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-
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+
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
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
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