The Iron Lady Reviews

  • Streep is her own irresistible show as she assumes, with the precision that is her trademark, the character of the U.K.'s staunchly conservative prime minister in the 1980s.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • You are left with the impression of an old woman who can't quite remember who she used to be and of a movie that is not so sure either.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Though not illuminating as a historical biopic, the film features a tour-de-force performance by Meryl Streep.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

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

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Everything Streep does here is a seismic act of theater. If she so much as tilts her head, the earth tilts with it. She doesn't simply overwhelm this thin historic biography - and the other actors around her - she detonates it.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Despite the story's conceit of placing the viewer inside Thatcher's head, she never feels like a real person -- but this is more the fault of Morgan's script than Streep's typically studied performance...

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Those hoping for insight into the life and times of Margaret Thatcher herself will leave deeply disappointed.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Takes a blandly nonpartisan approach to one of the most controversial, as well as influential, politicians in British history.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

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

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • For as much of a mess as this movie is, there are moments in which Streep and Broadbent draw it into a sharp humanist focus. But they don't occur often enough.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • An oddly unsettling compound of glorification and malice that whirls around and winds up nowhere.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • You have to be very talented to work with Meryl Streep. It also helps to know how to use her. "The Iron Lady" fails in both of these categories.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Yes, it's a strangely de-politicized portrait of Britain's first female prime minister. But what's there is actually enough.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

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

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A stylized biography of one of the most powerful women in politics, portrayed by the greatest actress of our time, that asks more questions than it answers.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • There's nothing even Ms. Streep's craft and resourcefulness can do to make this cold, humorless woman of iron likeable, and the whole thing is too dry to sustain so much screen time.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Glosses over the former British prime minister's politics in favor of a glib, breakneck whirl around her career and marriage.

    Leslie Felperin — Variety

  • The film stars an unsurpassable Meryl Streep, whose ability to empathize with her characters has never been more gloriously impassioned than it is in this titanic performance.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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