The Iron Lady
The Iron Lady (2012)

The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Meryl Streep's performance as The Iron Lady is reliably perfect, but it's mired in bland, self-important storytelling.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Yes, Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

[Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice.

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Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Globe and Mail

The Iron Lady is a performance in search of a film.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Justin Craig

It's a pity Streep can't be picked up as Thatcher like a chess piece and placed down in a different, better film.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Often "The Iron Lady" relies on montages to get to - and plow through - historic high points.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Streep, no fan of Thatcher, nicely undercuts the poignancy of her current condition with flashbacks that reveal her brittle arrogance in office.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A solid tribute to the conservative icon despite its meandering focus on her failing health.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Undoubtedly Meryl Streep's performance as the former Prime Minister of the UK was so good it could only be method. The rest of the film, however, is not as… More
Cynthia S. favorite genre. Meryl actress that I most admire. Put these two things together, and I have a film that I very much enjoyed. Not… More
jay nixon
Mediocre and diffuse. With all her great performances Meryl Streep won an Oscar for this? She has been much better elsewhere.
Manu Gino
Never compromise. Mediocre Film! Meryl Streep's performance in this movie was phenomenal. Unfortunately the movie was not. If you want to go see a movie… More
paul sandberg
Ms. Streep gives a valiant effort to breath life into the crinkly, yellowed parchment of a script. Every nuance perfect, as is the accent - every mannerism,… More
Nicki Marie
Seriously depressing movie. This is more about Margaret's struggles in later life with dementia and mourning her husband than about her career. It's… More