The Iron Lady Reviews

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July 24, 2019
Too much gorging on its female protagonist's poignant late failures of the flesh rather than showing what made her such a colossus in the first place.
February 6, 2019
As a portrait of a once-powerful woman coping with loss of her faculties, it is sensitive, it is subtle, it is acute. As a portrait of one of the primary leaders of a Western government, it feels partisan...and nonspecific, which is unfortunate.
January 4, 2019
This film was written by, directed by, and stars women. But it's the most anti-female film I've seen in quite some time.
February 9, 2018
... turning everything into a wobbly melodrama and placing all the responsibility on the steel shoulders of Meryl Streep is too much. [Full review in Spanish]
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.)
September 28, 2017
The film is just too sentimental for a political biopic and especially for one about Thatcher; a famously unsentimental character.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2013
Plucking the audience's heartstrings feels like the worst possible way to make a film about someone called The Iron Lady.
March 4, 2013
Meryl Streep mesmerises in her portrayal of Britain's groundbreaking but controversial leader.
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.
September 17, 2012
There's a great story to be told about the life of Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, this is not it.
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.
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.
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?
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