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The Lady Reviews

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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
Newsday
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
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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
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 13, 2012
This hagiography of Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is earnest, civilized and borderline unendurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 13, 2012
An appropriately respectful and dignified biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
"The Lady" is a portrait in moral and physical courage, a sort of analysis of what constitutes greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
Yeoh is perfectly cast. Slender and graceful, her physical resemblance to Suu Kyi is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 12, 2012
Such a rare individual deserves a film that treats her not as a saint, but the remarkable, complex human being she actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 12, 2012
The Lady is ... tilted away from the churning melodrama of Suu Kyi's country and toward the intimate dilemma of a loving couple forced apart by circumstance.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 12, 2012
Given Besson's career-long affinity for visual flash and breathless storytelling, it's especially disappointing that The Lady is so ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Who would have thought that the man behind such wackadoo fantasies as The Professional and The Fifth Element was capable of being so bloody boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
The narrative of the political neophyte's extraordinary courage as one of the founders of the National League for Democracy, who endured house arrest for 15 years, is often secondary to Suu Kyi as wife and mother separated from her loved ones.
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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
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Anna Smith
Time Out
December 22, 2011
A worthwhile tribute with unforgettable scenes and an awards-worthy performance from Yeoh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 10, 2011
"Democracy takes time," a character observes in "The Lady," though viewers of all political stripes will be checking their watches during Luc Besson's dully conventional tribute to heroic Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.