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The Lady Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 9, 2016
The film-makers are more deft in dramatising these little-known details that never made the headlines, and the tears of genuine sensitivity they elicit may wash away _ or cover up _ the shortcomings in bringing this real-life human struggle to the screen.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
The dramatic moments are few and far between, and the film seems like it walks in the footsteps of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi at times. Besson definitely tries to present Suu Kyi in a similarly reverent light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2012
The villains are caricatures, the emotions melodramatic, the politics black-and-white - yet French director Luc Besson moves the saga briskly, and does not back away from the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 24, 2012
Biopic of Ang San Suu Kyi a notch above the rest
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 24, 2012
Great person, but not a great movie
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 9, 2012
Besson hits familiar biopic beats, but the formula could have used something a little more daring to liven things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
It doesn't rouse the spirit. It barely breathes.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 27, 2012
A stately, high-minded historical docudrama that's long--very long--on hagiography but extremely short on energy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 27, 2012
The Lady is a slog, a two-and-a-half hour, painted-on-wood exercise in political iconography.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
April 27, 2012
"The Lady" is a two-hour trip into earnestness, from which audiences will want a little liberation of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
The Lady doesn't do justice to the amazing life and democratic crusade of Aung San Suu Kyi despite excellent performances by David Thewlis and Michelle Yeoh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 26, 2012
The Lady is little more than a history lesson - although a beautifully presented one - wrapped in the pink gloss of a G-rated potboiler evidenced in Suu Kyi's and Michael's storybook romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
April 23, 2012
Well-meaning biopic will barely satisfy people's curiosity about a little-seen woman. Played up as more tragic personal sacrifice than politics, she remains a noble symbol.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
April 21, 2012
As far as biopics stand Besson has spared no expense in creating as authentic and presentable a movie as he could with The Lady. Yet he has failed to tap into that sense of outrage, sadness and hope that a story like this should conjure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
April 20, 2012
Ambitious and slightly lengthy, the film presents a sequence of events that, though in hindsight a bit of a muddle, leaves an unforgettable impression of a fascinating couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
A heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2012
[It] does indeed deal with a real life, but follows so faithfully the traditional shape of film biography that it feels less convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
April 17, 2012
It's not without faults, but as a piece of illuminating and occasionally - dare I say it - inspirational entertainment, The Lady has my vote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
April 15, 2012
Stolidly maudlin, this enervating sub-middlebrow pic is doomed to well-deserved commercial obscurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 13, 2012
Recommended for anyone interested in how a lone woman can alter history with a strict code of anti- violence - as did moral giants such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela among others. It's inspirational and reassuring
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