The Lady
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The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Lady is a slog, a two-and-a-half hour, painted-on-wood exercise in political iconography."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times."
‑ Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
"The dramatic moments are few and far between, and the film seems like it walks in the footsteps of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi at times. Besson definitely tries to present Suu Kyi in a similarly reverent light."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Great person, but not a great movie"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"A stately, high-minded historical docudrama that's long--very long--on hagiography but extremely short on energy."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
""The Lady" is a two-hour trip into earnestness, from which audiences will want a little liberation of their own."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"[It] does indeed deal with a real life, but follows so faithfully the traditional shape of film biography that it feels less convincing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The villains are caricatures, the emotions melodramatic, the politics black-and-white - yet French director Luc Besson moves the saga briskly, and does not back away from the violence."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Besson hits familiar biopic beats, but the formula could have used something a little more daring to liven things up."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"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."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"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."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"This hagiography of Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is earnest, civilized and borderline unendurable."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Biopic of Ang San Suu Kyi a notch above the rest"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"It doesn't rouse the spirit. It barely breathes."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"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."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
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