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: January 13, 2012
DVD 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.

Leonard Maltin

What keeps The Iron Lady afloat is the mesmerizing work of its star. As we already know, Streep goes beyond mimicry to fully inhabit her characters, from The French Lieutenant's Woman to Julia Child.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

Yasmin Shehab

The film is just too sentimental for a political biopic and especially for one about Thatcher; a famously unsentimental character.

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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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Played by the always exceptional Meryl Streep, Thatcher is given more humanity than she may actually deserve.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

While the movie tries to cultivate Thatcher's life, it's not perfect. But the chemistry between Broadbent and Streep to elevate an untold romance beautifully elevates the flawed movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Apart from Streep's performance, nothing else works in this terrible, disjointed mess of a biopic that is so badly written and directed, full of illogical… 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
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