Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Yea or nay, love or hate, the portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Streep is a pleasure to behold; less so the rest of The Iron Lady.
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The Hollywood Reporter

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

By Claudia Puig
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.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's a parade float atop which Streep can pose and impose. Sometimes her showmanship amounts to shamelessness. She wants us to watch her sack another part.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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54 out of 100
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