The Lady
The Lady (2012)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The Lady is a slog, a two-and-a-half hour, painted-on-wood exercise in political iconography.

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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post

A heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times.

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Keeva Stratton
Rescu (Australia)

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as depicted by Michelle Yeoh is incredibly powerful.

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John Anderson

"The Lady" is a two-hour trip into earnestness, from which audiences will want a little liberation of their own.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[It] does indeed deal with a real life, but follows so faithfully the traditional shape of film biography that it feels less convincing.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Screenwriter Rebecca Frayn's full feature debut is alluring, fascinating to watch and, most importantly, makes you care about Suu Kyi.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This hagiography of Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is earnest, civilized and borderline unendurable.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

The film-makers are more deft in dramatising these little-known details that never made the headlines, and the tears of genuine sensitivity they elicit may wash away _ or cover up _ the shortcomings in bringing this real-life human struggle to the screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Although directed by hotshot cowboy Luc Besson this biographic about one of the leaders that took Burma to democracy nonetheless feels like many other bio-pics… More
Walter M.
On the one hand, "The Lady" is a heartfelt biopic about Burmese democracy activist and Nobel Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi(Michelle Yeoh). As such,… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Besson turns this real story into a conventional, underwhelming movie and stretches it forever, but still Michelle Yeoh does her best to lend an aura of… More
Chihoe Ho
I admit, I have a soft spot for Michelle Yeoh because she is Malaysian, but "The Lady" works because of her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi. She manages… More
Cynthia S.
Really good biodrama. Before viewing this film, I had little understanding of her background, and even less understanding of the history of Burma over the past… More
Marcus Woolcott
Focussing on the love story more than the politics was a bad idea.