The Iron Lady Synopsis
Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) becomes the United Kingdom's first female prime minister.
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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...
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75

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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75

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...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Streep is a pleasure to behold; less so the rest of The Iron Lady.
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70

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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63

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...
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50

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...
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40

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...
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NPR

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,...
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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...
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All About Meryl

By mpanyc
Meryl Streep is astonishingly good as Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie doesn't match up. The film is entertaining, but a bit all over the place. The flashbacks to Thatcher's...

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By janncoles
Enjoyed the magnificent performance by Meryl Streep. Wonderful character study and portrayal of dementia's toll, but not certain that I know much more about Margaret Thatcher as a leader....

Another Meryl Streep tour de force

By sfk1017
Once again Ms. Streep shows what real dramatic talent is all about. She completely inhabits and is Margaret Thatcher. The stridency, ambition and forceful personality is on the mark, not to mention...

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By flick_schtick
Meryl Streep's acting ability and appearance as Margaret Thatcher is superb, what else is new ....despite a long and tedious story that depicts Thatcher in her declining years, repeatedly having...

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By stornay
Meryl Streep did an amazing job! Jim Broadbent was also wonderful. The film is a highly interesting character study of an important historical figure and definitely worth seeing....

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By Nacho Baggo
Streep completely engrosses herself into being Thatcher. A perfect performance and I now have her in the lead for the Oscar over Michele Williams' MONROE. Meryl fans, Thatcher fans, and Oscar fans...

Where is Meryl

By xchadster
From the makeup to the subtle nuance of her gaze or her walk, Meryl is virtually undetectable as she portrays Lady Margaret Thacher. Her performance is brilliant. The movie highlights all that is...

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By aegerter
How the story is made up with Flashbacks from the aging Mrs Thatcher is not correct and an inhumane treatment of the former Prime Minister, the first woman as head of government in a western state....

It's All about Meryl

By angelasc53
Meryl, Meryl, Meryl what a fantastic job. It was her movie. She is Margaret Thatcher from the first frame until the last...An amazing performance and let's not forget Jim Broadbent who played her...

moving, and wonderfully performed as predicted

By johnnyblee
Meryl is a master.... so it's not surprising to see everyone rave about her performance in this film. Whether or not you'll appreciate the film's unique take on the latter/declining years of a...

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Rated PG-13 | For Brief Nudity and Some Violent Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Streep is riveting in well-acted but underwhelming biopic.
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