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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.
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 1, 2012
Luc Besson's sterile, unfussy direction and a pat script severely compromise what is nevertheless a career-best performance from Michelle Yeoh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 28, 2011
Besson has surely struck cinematic gold? Disappointingly not, even if charismatic actress Michelle Yeoh is present to help translate Daw Suu's remarkable political and personal journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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
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April 12, 2012
"I don't like this cult of personality," Suu Kyi tells her husband on the patio. The Lady, on the other hand, is all for it.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2012
The screen version falls afoul of a laggardly pace, an earnest tone and a surfeit of domesticity.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
It doesn't rouse the spirit. It barely breathes.
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
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
April 10, 2012
Yeoh's serene dignity counts for much, but overall The Lady suffers from a serious case of the bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 12, 2012
She's a great woman who deserves a better biopic.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2011
A fumbling and fawning - if sincere - tribute to the living legend and a director who has never seemed more out of his element.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 22, 2011
The inspiring true story soon suffers respiratory failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
April 12, 2012
Besson does draw the best out of his two leads but The Lady is a film about an extraordinary woman. So why is it such an ordinary film?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Michelle Orange
December 1, 2011
A kind of Botoxed biopic with an unlikely director - Luc Besson - manning the syringe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 10, 2012
Paralyzes history and human drama with relentless hagiography.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
"The Lady" presents a stately, rather dull portrayal of a loving marriage stymied by the whims of political necessity and fascist generals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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