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The Iron Lady


Genre :

Biography, Drama

Release Date :

January 13, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Phyllida Lloyd

Starring :

Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head, Olivia Colman, Roger Allam

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..you can barely glimpse in this modestly affecting movie..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
“..to American ears inured in this election year to all manner of appeals to our worst instincts, those are strange - but inspirational - words, indeed..”
by David Edelstein [New York Magazine]
Review rate : C+

“..this is acting of the highest order..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
3 of 5

“..there is far more softness than steel in "The Iron Lady"..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
2.5 of 4

“..the story features a strained collection of fictional reminiscences, archival footage and parliamentary clashes..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Review rate : D

“..the filmmakers turn a self-made, highly original woman into something of a cliche..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..the film presents the historical record through aged Thatcher's stream of consciousness-an obviously biased and unreliable narrator..”
by Karina Longworth [Village Voice]
Review rate : B

“..the effect adds up less to an understanding of Margaret Thatcher than to an appreciation of what really good prosthetics can do in the hands of a world-class pro..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..shallow but satisfying..”
by David Edelstein [New York Magazine]
Review rate : B-

“..not teaching audiences anything new..”
by Clay Cane [BET.com]
“..margaret thatcher with a richly conflicted center that befits one of the most divisive figures in 20th century politics..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]
Review rate : D

“..let it be said that Ms. Streep is galvanizing, even as the film slogs through too much information and not nearly enough illumination..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
“..it's a truism, and therefore largely true, that American actors approach the characters they play from the inside out-psychoanalyzing the role..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
Review rate : D

“..I do not know if the inclusion of this bit of musing, which the audience is clearly meant to get right behind and cheer on..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
2 of 5

“..fails as a biography, it succeeds incontestably as a showcase..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..but the film's mealymouthed stance toward its subject's politics undercuts Streep's efforts: There's neither room for her to be a tragic heroine..”
by Leslie Felperin [Variety]

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