The Iron Lady
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yes, Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"So, as thrilling as it is to watch Streep imitate Thatcher, The Iron Lady feels like a missed opportunity, not to blame and cast aspersions, but to weigh and assess."
‑ Graham Fuller, Film Comment Magazine
"...ignores the political and historical context of almost EVERYTHING that happens so that they can make the fabulously reductive statement that LIFE WAS TOUGH FOR GIRLS, BUT SHE WAS A TOUGH GIRL."
‑ Vincent Mancini, FilmDrunk
"Meryl Streep mesmerises in her portrayal of Britain's groundbreaking but controversial leader."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"The Iron Lady is a performance in search of a film."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"Streep's performance is so true and so uncannily accurate, so full and so complete in its understanding, that she is fascinating every second she is onscreen."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a pity Streep can't be picked up as Thatcher like a chess piece and placed down in a different, better film."
‑ Justin Craig,
"The narrative is not well structured, and Streep's performance suffers as a result.... The scenes with Broadbent are the best. They just aren't worth sitting through a history lesson that isn't taught well."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"As it stands, The Iron Lady isn't doing any favours for history, feminism or at the very least fans of biopics, but it is a clear victory for Streep. It's just too bad that the film doesn't do her spot-on performance any justice."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"Often "The Iron Lady" relies on montages to get to - and plow through - historic high points."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Streep, no fan of Thatcher, nicely undercuts the poignancy of her current condition with flashbacks that reveal her brittle arrogance in office."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A solid tribute to the conservative icon despite its meandering focus on her failing health."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Plucking the audience's heartstrings feels like the worst possible way to make a film about someone called The Iron Lady."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"There's a great story to be told about the life of Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, this is not it."
‑ Jeff Beck,
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