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Based on 41 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The sharp economy of Lloyd's direction allows the incontestably great Streep to take impressionistic snatches of a life and build a woman in full. This is acting of the highest order. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Imagine a biopic about Ronald Reagan that leaves out Gorbachev but instead dramatizes his years with Alzheimer's, and you'll get an idea of this film's misplaced focus. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's hard to rationalize the vision of this dotty elderly woman with the tough-minded politician. The story lacks insight, glosses over key political issues and is unworthy of Streep's masterful performance. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher is the main reason to see The Iron Lady, which was directed by Phyllida Lloyd - not just the main reason but the raison d'être of an otherwise misconceived movie. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Yea or nay, love or hate, the portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While The Iron Lady fails as a biography, it succeeds incontestably as a showcase. Streep captures Thatcher's voice and mannerisms and then pushes further, creating a three-dimensional character rather than simply offering a technically deft impression. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Meryl Streep gives a fully realized portrait of British Prime Minister Thatcher in a biopic that values character over context. show more

  • 35
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Whichever side of the aisle you inhabit, you will leave The Iron Lady feeling disgusted; you will also feel cheated - of information, insight or even an identifiable point of view. show more

  • 45
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Some of us wonder, still, how Margaret Thatcher can continue to live with herself. Watching Meryl Streep walk around so ably in Thatcher's skin isn't enlightening; it's more like a living nightmare. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Sincerely directed by one woman (Phyllida Lloyd, who did "Mamma Mia!") and smartly written by another (Abi Morgan), the film stars an unsurpassable Meryl Streep, whose ability to empathize with her characters has never been more gloriously impassioned than it is in this titanic performance. show more

  • April 18, 2012 MaurEmail
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    I have ************ 30 minutes of it. and ready to return it---very backward movie and Meryl Streep should have never agreed to do this one...HORRIBLE

  • April 16, 2012 jackd1207
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    I rarely see a film with an an actor known to me that I don\'t SEE that actor as acting a role. The makeup and acting in this movie was so superb as to fool my mind\'s eye into thinking that I was actually watching Margret Thatcher play herself. EXCELLENT!

  • April 13, 2012 mept29
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    I thought it a waste of time and of M.Streep\'s talent.

  • March 11, 2012 ks00000000113234
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    I postponed seeing this movie, and even thought that I would miss it. To be clear, I have as much contempt for Mrs. Thatcher as I do for, to name just a couple, Mr. Reagan and Mr. Hitler. I was surprised that for a human being that I abhorred deeply, I did not feel disgusted as one of the critics suggested that would happen to both friends and foes of this seemingly deeply polarizing character. I concur with the opinion that the movie lacks focus. I\'m glad that I have a grip on the historical context (having lived through it), but it is true that it is presented in an unnecessarily fuzzy way. A feminine Citizen Kane it ain\'t (either). Is this a movie more concerned about dementia (as The King\'s Speech seemed to be with stuttering)? The evolution from the dutiful young to the political scold of later years is rather unexplained by the script. And the obsession with Dennis Thatcher made me want him to disappear more than anything else. If the focus of this movie (aside from dementia) is on showcasing Ms. Streep\'s undeniable acting skills (and her make up teams\' artistry), then it achieved its goal, and served as a vehicle for the Oscar that she coveted for almost 30 years. That would leave her (and I guess her producers) as the only ones to have anything to celebrate about this movie.

  • February 28, 2012 moscott21
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    Just okay.

  • February 20, 2012 jeriestes
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    Steep\'s thre best actress of our generation!

  • February 19, 2012 Sweetrose
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    I enjoy Streep\'s powerful performance as Thatcher, a leader of her male-dominated parliament.The viewer gets the idea of a stern voice that reigned in time of social unrest. Streep offers the highest level of grace in any film she tackles,and I love this portrait of the former Prime Minister.

  • February 16, 2012 kathkenn
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    This movie was a corker. The only thing that redeemed the script was Meryl Streep\'s convincing performance, ********* not worth suffering through the film.

  • February 13, 2012 beepbeep11
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    Waste of money. Go for a walk instead.

  • February 10, 2012 Rick
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    It was rather slow moving but it did credit to the illness that Margaret was afflicted with . . . .and the sensativety she showed as a politician toward the citizens of that great country Rick Leslie

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