“Spot On Impersonation, But Little Else.”
“A Good Character Drama”
“It Used To Be About Trying To Do Something. Now It's About Trying To Be Someone.”
“Nice Presentation On A Subject Matter Not Often Brought Up!”
“Got A Great Premise, But Its Settled Very Unsubtly”
“Not Mere Biopic But A Sentimental Look At Britain's Most Famous Recent Prime Minister.”
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
Streep gets under the skin of one of the 20th century's most dynamic and also most contained personalities.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Streep and Broadbent are entirely watchable, and Thatcher's story, even in its vague and watered-down state, is inherently interesting.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
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.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The Iron Lady is a performance in search of a film.
- Globe and Mail
Thatcher contains multitudes; she is rife with contradictions you can barely glimpse in this modestly affecting movie.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
If it weren't for Streep, The Iron Lady would be unwatchable.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The screenplay is pedestrian and the acting, including that of star Meryl Streep, is unmemorable.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Playing both the staunch human battleship and the diminished old woman sifting through her past, Meryl Streep is riveting in The Iron Lady.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
Even the greatest actress of our time can only do so much when the figure she's playing just isn't on the page.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The Iron Lady is a clever and oddly touching entertainment.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Is there anything that Meryl Streep can't do as an actress? One can only marvel at her virtuoso performance as Britain's Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady.'
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The Iron Lady is a conventional biopic with one great performance and a few memorable scenes.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
An affecting if not always satisfying portrait of the strong-willed leader humbled by age.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
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.
Graham Fuller - Film Comment Magazine
It's a pity Streep can't be picked up as Thatcher like a chess piece and placed down in a different, better film.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
A solid tribute to the conservative icon despite its meandering focus on her failing health.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
...ignores the political and historical context of almost EVERYTHING that happens so that they can make the fabulously reductive statement that LIFE WAS TOUGH FOR GIRLS, BUT SHE WAS A TOUGH GIRL.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
The narrative is not well structured, and Streep's performance suffers as a result.... The scenes with Broadbent are the best. They just aren't worth sitting through a history lesson that isn't taught well.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Plucking the audience's heartstrings feels like the worst possible way to make a film about someone called The Iron Lady.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Meryl Streep mesmerises in her portrayal of Britain's groundbreaking but controversial leader.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
As it stands, The Iron Lady isn't doing any favours for history, feminism or at the very least fans of biopics, but it is a clear victory for Streep. It's just too bad that the film doesn't do her spot-on performance any justice.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
There's a great story to be told about the life of Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, this is not it.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
As it stands, The Iron Lady isn't doing any favours for history, feminism or at the very least fans of biopics, but it is a clear victory for Streep.
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
Streep brilliantly conveying the movie's ultimate message: After all you accomplish in this life, it's the little things that may just be our intended destinies.
Erick Weber - NECN
With everything, including the most pivotal moments, rendered in shorthand, The Iron Lady diminishes the accomplishments of the person whose story it tells and the actress working so hard to offer a well-rounded embodiment of her.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
- Sight and Sound
The filmmakers haven't come to any conclusion about Thatcher or, indeed, why they made a movie about her.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Not as satisfying as 'Kings Speech' or 'The Queen' but Streep's predictably flawless performance of Margaret Thatcher induces awe and rousing audience response.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Streep's performance of a dismissive line such as "People don't think anymore, they feel," will have even the most dyed-in-the-wool liberal questioning core beliefs.
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Loved and loathed in equal measure, Margaret Thatcher is a difficult subject for any film, how do you make 'the Iron Lady' a sympathetic character? Why would disconcerting audiences flock to see this film?
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Meryl Streep singlehandedly carries The Iron Lady with a performance-quite literally-for the ages.
S. James Wegg - JWR
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Mesmo beneficiada por uma performance impecavel de Meryl Streep, acaba soando mais como um cruzamento entre Uma Mente Brilhante e A Vida e Dura - A Historia de Dewey Cox.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Although this film contains a great performance by Streep (one of the greatest actors of her generation) and strong supporting performances, the muddled multi-flashback story spends far too much time on Thatcher's late life mental problems.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As a biopic, The Iron Lady does the bare minimum of what it needed.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
Despite Streep's great performance, the film wavers between a touching story about a sympathetic old woman and a cautionary tale of hubris gone wild.
Emily S. Mendel - culturevulture.net
One-of-a-kind, chimpanzees-pounding-on-typewriters awfulness.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
A great performance can elevate a mediocre film, as is the case here - this is worth watching for Streep alone.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Streep's strong. The movie, not so much.
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Meryl Streep's acting is fantastic; the movie not so much.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
This isn't a great movie, but Streep is great in it.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Memorable performance, forgettable movie.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Whatever flaws the film as a whole may have, the phenomenal accomplishment of Streep's work in it cannot be overstated.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
If you're looking for a terrific docudrama, you're going to be very, very disappointed. Total cookie-cutter and only Meryl Streep's performance holds it together.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Wastes an extraordinary Meryl Streep performance as the filmmakers muck about in maudlin meanderings that probably would have earned them a severe tongue-lashing from the film's formidable subject.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Great Streep, iffy movie.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
A two-and-a-half-star movie raised to four-star status solely on the performances of Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Streep's got my vote.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
If the idea is to humanise the woman, it's rather wasted. If there's one thing Margaret Thatcher won't be remembered for, it's her humanity.
Wendy Ide - Uncut Magazine [UK]
...a perfectly adequate movie that satisfies most of the requisites for pop history - it's snarky and smarmy at the same time, and it seems unlikely to challenge anyone's preconceived notion of who Thatcher was or is ...
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Streep wears Thatcher's body in her prime with authority and in her twilight with an all-too human sense of frailty, reminding us that, however iron-willed she was as a conservative politician, she is still decidedly human
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
As we discover, screenwriter Abi Morgan is less interested in Thatcher the world leader than she is in Thatcher the dotty shut-in.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Although this is an interesting movie, the character outshines the screenplay. That's not surprising considering that Meryl Streep is earning acclaim for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 'Iron Lady.'
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Skillfully portrayed by Meryl Streep, on her way to Academy Award nomination number 17...
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
(Meryl) Streep's performance elevates the movie, making it seem more important and profound than it is.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Forget for a minute the movie's soft-pedaling of its central character. ... With so much history and personality to draw upon, it's infuriating that so much of the running time is wasted on mere speculation involving an elderly person's flights of fancy.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The only element to compel your attendance of this tangle is Streep. What she can do with an anemically written role is glorious. Long may she thrive.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
- Austin Chronicle
...one of those problematic films that contain several things that are good, and one that is excellent, yet seem in the end seems to have no particular need to have been made in the first place.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
The screenplay itself is problematic, but Streep dazzles.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
What is undeniable though is that Streep is compelling throughout and gives what for any other actress would be the performance of a lifetime. For Streep, it's just another day at the office.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
"The Iron Lady" takes a clean shot, but fails in its attempt to tell an intriguing story. But Streep is great!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Streep embodies both the agonizing doubt and the necessary confidence that the real Thatcher must have felt. It's an extraordinary performance.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The highlights of Thatcher's controversial career are managed in abbreviated montages that don't do the woman or these events justice.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
Repeat after me, Meryl Streep is amazing.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A fairly standard biopic containing an extraordinary performance. Meryl Streep arguably occupies the place where Morgan Freeman sat 15 years ago: America's greatest living film actor.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
There's no disputing Streep's brilliance... in a movie demanding only an impersonation. She unerringly slips into Thatcher's trilling speech and imperious glares, practically withering before your eyes during the senility segments.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
As a biography, it's a ridiculous mess - but as entertainment, this bizarre jukebox biopic built around the expectedly brilliant Streep is a qualified guilty pleasure.
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
Not exactly a concept to set spirits soaring.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mamma mia! Why would you turn the story of Margaret Thatcher into a tale of a sweet, dotty old lady?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's one of those roles that you know Streep is just going to knock out of the park because she knocks every role out of the park -- and she does. You still shouldn't see Iron Lady.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
A few striking scenes don't unite for a satisfying whole. Streep's powerfully measured performance is something greater than the film that holds it.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The movie is remarkably free of complexity and depth, sidestepping any attempt to delve. The magnificent Streep deserves better. Then again, we all do.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Even Ms. Streep's best efforts can't rescue this sloppy biopic from itself.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Streep is uncanny as Britain's controversial first woman PM, emerging from beneath a minimum of latex to communicate an almost-forlorn and lonely steeliness.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Overall, The Iron Lady is a good, if unexceptional biopic, worthwhile mostly due to Streep.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Streep gets the basics but her performance beyond that is just as tone-deaf and filled with histrionics as the film itself.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
If it wasn't for Streep, The Iron Lady wouldn't be nearly compelling and comprehensive enough.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
As an acting showcase, the film offers Meryl Streep yet another hallmark role in a career dotted with them.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The only reason to see the movie is Meryl Streep's performance-and then, only if you have yearned for Queen Meryl, Our Lady of the Accents.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
The Iron Lady is indeed tragic, though for reasons that have nothing to do with the story at hand.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Anyone coming in with a grudge will be defeated. Harboring rancor towards a frail woman, confused and staring into space, is like beating up on a grandmother.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Smears a life across the screen, surveying triumphs and disasters, remaining as close to Thatcher's personality as possible, favoring intensity of thought over a meticulous recreation of history.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
[Streep] transcends the limitations of the material to embody Thatcher's real, or imagined, conflicted emotional landscape.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Streep is Oscar-worthy here, as she almost always is, which is hardly a surprise, and the historic subject matter is fascinating whichever way your politics may lean.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
"The Iron Lady" is keenly attuned to the small indignities of a woman trying to elbow her way into a man's world.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The movie's not good, but Streep is not to be missed.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Even if you have little interest in Thatcher or why she mattered, you'll likely respond to the contradictory yet charismatic character that Streep has conjured from truth and myth.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's all over the map and all that's worth watching, in the end, is a great performance by Meryl Streep.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
...dull, cliched and wrongheaded as a biopic can be, sporting a shallow and hamfisted script, and equally inept direction. But Streep sure makes a great Margaret Thatcher.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A performance by Meryl Streep of endless intelligence cannot keep this portrait of Thatcher from being the sentimental nonsense she spent her career trying to avoid.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It's not exactly a sympathetic portrayal... or a very interesting one.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
While the rest of "The Iron Lady" fades quickly in memory, Meryl Streep's performance in the title role remains startlingly present.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Streep puts on an impeccable accent and finds plenty of emotional depth, but the oddly structured film never goes beyond a surface look at Thatcher's political career.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
No matter what your opinion is of Thatcher the politician, it can surely be agreed that this is no way to treat a highly successful person's life's work.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Even a performance as formidable as Streep's can't overcome the unhappy fact that 'The Iron Lady' is a sadly superficial treatment of the life and times of one of the late twentieth century's most influential, and controversial, political figures.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
We get the story of Thatcher's rise and fall from her own point of view... filtered through the distorting lens of her own Alzheimer's-stricken mind.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Streep's performance notwithstanding, this Lady suffers from iron deficiency.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Altogether this is a much softened and declawed portrait of the most divisive prime minister of recent times.
Philip Kemp - Sight and Sound
Lloyd and Morgan fix their gaze on Thatcher as a daughter, wife and mother - that's the thread that's pulled. The film duly unravels.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Thatcher is portrayed as virtually showing up out of nowhere in Parliament for no compelling reason in particular, and instantly whipping all those male wimp politicians into line. When actually groomed the other way around, and not unlike Sarah Palin.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A potentially-underwhelming production elevated singlehandedly by another tour de force turned in by the ever-astounding Meryl Streep.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
What we do have is ... a stunning performance from Meryl Streep to set alongside her Isak Dinesen and Julia Child.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Witnessed in a vacuum, free of the adulation that has more to do with Streep's reputation than the film, her performance is a pleasure to watch.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The movie itself isn't half as interesting as its leading lady.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Anyone over the age of 35 will find the whistle-stop, romanticised tour of Thatcher's career offers scarcely any insight, skating over most of the interesting issues.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Whichever side you are on, you will be full of admiration for Streep's masterclass. Long may this particular ruler remain in her Hollywood 'office'.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
One can't help feel that without the magnificent Streep, The Iron Lady would be a forgettable TV movie.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Streep is simply brilliant as Thatcher in every way: her voice, her posture, her movements and facial expressions, her frightening and sudden imperiousness.
David Sexton - This is London
The Iron Lady is dominated by Streep's tour-de-force portrayal of Thatcher, which should earn her an Oscar.
- Liverpool Echo
Streep imbues Thatcher with all the humanity and subtlety that Morgan's script fails to provide.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Without the award-worthy Streep, it's just high-quality historical karaoke.
Andrew Collins - Radio Times
Streep gets everything right.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Personality politics might have been anathema to Margaret Thatcher MP, but this film is propelled by the sheer power of her presence.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Almost hysterically inadequate.
Kevin Maher - Little White Lies
Poignant and touching though it is in places, I can't help feeling Thatcher and her family would find this portrayal invasive and cruel while the factual accuracy seems highly debatable.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Certainly, it's worth seeing and arguing over, but my personal take on Thatcher remains unchanged, Streep's virtuoso ministrations notwithstanding.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
The Iron Lady is worth watching for Streep's almost certainly Oscar-bound performance, but the patchy script lacks both dramatic and emotional weight, while viewers of a certain age may resent being made to feel sorry for Margaret Thatcher.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It isn't Streep's fault that The Iron Lady ends up feeling so uninvolving and oddly dour.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
On the rare occasions when the film does allow her to become nastily political, this Margaret comes alive.
For all its flaws, this is still a remarkable film that is well worth watching for one reason only - the amazing Ms Streep, surely the world's best actress.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Streep may be a hot Oscar favourite but you need more than a star turn to make a good movie, and The Iron Lady isn't likely to please anyone in Britain.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Maudlin and ham-fisted, The Iron Lady is cinematic scrap metal.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR
Streep is... pitch perfect. Much like her Julia Child in Julie and Julia, she goes way beyond impersonation. But even Streep can't single-handedly give depth and nuance to a movie so briskly content with skimming surfaces both political and psychological.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
While I have really liked several femme performances this year..., Dame Meryl (the only reason the US should consider having royalty) stands out amongst them all.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A predictable story is made weaker by the odd treatment of telling the story of the Iron Lady from the point of view of an unsound mind.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
The Iron Lady is an example of an actress being so much better than the film she's in. Meryl Streep, as Margaret Thatcher, presides with grand humanity, over a film that is pretty much a shambles.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
The Iron Lady could have been a cultural talking point, but it reiterates more than it reveals.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Mostly negative fiction, this hit job leaves out everything positive about the great woman who was the first female Prime Minister of England and the longest sitting PM of the 20th Century, concentrating only on her Alzheimer's Disease.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The 'young' years are by far the film's weakest. Put Streep back in the center for the 1980s and at the very least we can be amazed at the actress's ability to disappear into character, even one so well known and documented...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
One of Streep's finest-ever performances.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
...[a] doddering, amateurish spectacle.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
No matter your politics, [Streep] makes you see Thatcher as a real person rather than a caricature.
Don't come to it looking for whoever the "real" Margaret Thatcher is or was. Don't come to it looking for justification for your own world-view. Come to bask in the glow of Meryl Streep's skillful, frequently mechanical chameleonism.
Dave White - Movies.com
Amazingly, the writer of this shallow, short-sighted stuff, Abi Morgan, also co-wrote one of this season's deepest and most sensitive character studies, Shame.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
What "The Iron Lady" does contain - what makes it worth watching - is a literally amazing performance by Meryl Streep ...
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Streep is riveting in well-acted but underwhelming biopic.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Streep is... the only good or even tolerable thing in a movie that is mostly comprised of nothing but absolutely bizarre structural choices married to hallucinatory direction.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Meryl Streep is phenomenal. Everything about The Iron Lady that ISN'T Meryl Streep is pretty much a letdown.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The film views Thatcher with sympathy and admiration; the effect is a strange movie that manages to compel while also coming off as shortsighted.
Robert Levin - The Atlantic
Like a grocery list, checks off some of the major events during Margaret Thatcher's career, but doesn't explore them with any substantial depth.
A story of love's informing the seldom-explored struggle for personal dignity and freedom in the face of ageing and conventional "wisdom" about seniors.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
There is something basically distasteful about using the infirmities of a living person's old age as fodder for such syrupy speculation.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Less of a movie than a showcase for Streep.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
As much as I loved Streep's performance of Thatcher in decline, I found myself wanting more of the Iron Lady and less of the rusted-out one.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The most troublesome element is the iron-clad praise of Thatcher being the only female Prime Minister. Despite the history, she was a rigid conservative known for disregarding the poor in a way that would make the current Republican candidates blush.
Clay Cane - BET.com
The Iron Lady is shallow but satisfying, largely because of Meryl Streep and her big fake English teeth and gift for using mimicry as a means of achieving empathy.
A fairly straightforward character portrait without any real analysis or message, this biopic succeeds because of the translucent performance by Meryl Streep.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Streep brings out Thatcher's dignity, but the screenplay is more compelling when it emphasizes her drama.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
An Academy-award caliber performance by Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher the Prime Minister revealing how her refusal to compromise trashed a nation and increased the gap between the rich and the poor.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Margaret Thatcher as you've never seen her...This imaginative, entertaining biopic is as unconventional as its subject, and as clever as the actress who plays her.
Rex Roberts - Film Journal International
It's a serious role with a dash of cheek, given the grand treatment by Streep, an actress who is incapable of giving anything but a compellingly thoughtful performance.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Less a window into the soul than a 60-foot wide postage stamp.
James Rocchi - The Playlist
Hardcore Streep fans and bored history buffs will turn out, but the film is not likely to gain much traction from them.
Kate Erbland - Boxoffice Magazine
A biopic of the highest order featuring a performance of equal measure. A thoughtful, complex portrait of Britain's divisive PM.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The Iron Lady as a whole does less to impress than its stars, although it's not for lack of trying.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
As one would expect, Meryl Streep delivers a brilliant technically perfect performance as Lady Margaret Thatcher.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Like most of Meryl Streep's films, The Iron Lady is mainly just a vehicle for her performance, a pretext for role-playing, another acting master class.
Dan Callahan - House Next Door
A terrible movie that is saved by an absurdly fascinating performance.
Phil Hall - Film Threat
There's barely an incident from the right honourable PM's regime that Lloyd doesn't gild with distracting Dutch angles or chintzy archival-footage montages.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Meryl Streep delivers an insightful, intimate, incredibly accomplished cinematic portraiture of Margaret Thatcher.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The film ends on a melancholy note, emphasising the film's focus on an old Thatcher absent from the fray, a woman we don't know nor relate to
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
All eyes are on Meryl Streep in what must be the most extraordinary performance of the year - her eerily authentic portrayal of Maggie Thatcher
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Streep gives yet another amazing, award-worthy performance...If only the movie that surrounds her was as good. Erratically written and chaotically directed.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Streep's Thatcher is both regal and crazy as a loon
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
This strangely surreal, tediously conceited travelogue of Margaret Thatcher's personal and professional highs and lows is notable only for Meryl Streep's chameleonic performance.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Lloyd does nothing to convince us her film is after anything less than all-out Oscars glory.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
In the same way an entirely-critical film would provide an unfair depiction, Lloyd's rose-tinted, tone-deaf, hamfisted, gauche, funhouse-mirror version is similarly misguided.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Surely no one expected this movie to be masterful, as Streep has made it rather clear that she's not much interested in working with filmmakers whose talents might outshine her own.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
A refreshingly disrespectful look at the scabrous creature who paved the way, along with fellow scoundrel Ronald Reagan, for the financial collapse we are now living under. Streep is magnificent.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
My only significant gripe against the movie is that it's not a sequel to Iron Giant.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Not even Meryl Streep is capable of making Margaret Thatcher a likeable human being.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's a fascinating film. I just really wanted more than the stuff I already knew.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Meryl Streep gives a quite astonishing impersonation of Margaret Thatcher in this even-handed biopic about Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
You don't go to this movie for the story but rather for Streep's searing performance.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Meryl Streep delivers a remarkable performance in a greatest hits package on the life and times of the notorious Margret Thatcher, aka The Iron Lady.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Mark your ballots: Dominating the entire film, Meryl Streep's towering, Oscar-caliber performance as Margaret Thatcher rises way above the limitations of the strangely nonjudgmental writing and pedestrian direction.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Meryl Streep delivers a nomination-friendly -- and physically pretty much spot-on -- performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the oddly superficial The Iron Lady.
Mark Adams - Screen International
A breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times.
One can think of a few talented British actresses who might have acquitted themselves well in the role, but it's hard to imagine them doing it better than Streep.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph