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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.
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
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
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
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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
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
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
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
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz
January 30, 2012
As a biopic, The Iron Lady does the bare minimum of what it needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Erbland
Boxoffice Magazine
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
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
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.
Grae Drake
Movies.com
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
January 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 11, 2012
Streep puts on an impeccable accent and finds plenty of emotional depth, but the oddly structured film never goes beyond a surface look at Thatcher's political career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
January 13, 2012
The highlights of Thatcher's controversial career are managed in abbreviated montages that don't do the woman or these events justice.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 13, 2012
Even Ms. Streep's best efforts can't rescue this sloppy biopic from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012

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