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The Iron Lady Reviews

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December 3, 2017
Have you ever seen a terrific trailer, only to find yourself grossly disappointed in the actual film? Too much of the movie is about an elderly Thatcher shuffling about in a nightgown. (But I challenge anyone to shuffle as convincingly as Ms. Streep.)
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 28, 2017
The film is just too sentimental for a political biopic and especially for one about Thatcher; a famously unsentimental character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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+
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.
March 4, 2013
Meryl Streep mesmerises in her portrayal of Britain's groundbreaking but controversial leader.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
January 30, 2012
As a biopic, The Iron Lady does the bare minimum of what it needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 24, 2011
Hardcore Streep fans and bored history buffs will turn out, but the film is not likely to gain much traction from them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 13, 2011
Surely no one expected this movie to be masterful, as Streep has made it rather clear that she's not much interested in working with filmmakers whose talents might outshine her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 8, 2012
Lloyd and Morgan fix their gaze on Thatcher as a daughter, wife and mother - that's the thread that's pulled. The film duly unravels.
December 23, 2011
The Iron Lady as a whole does less to impress than its stars, although it's not for lack of trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 15, 2011
This strangely surreal, tediously conceited travelogue of Margaret Thatcher's personal and professional highs and lows is notable only for Meryl Streep's chameleonic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 13, 2011
In the same way an entirely-critical film would provide an unfair depiction, Lloyd's rose-tinted, tone-deaf, hamfisted, gauche, funhouse-mirror version is similarly misguided.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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