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The Iron Lady

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United Kingdom, France · 2011
Rated PG-13 · 1h 45m
Director Phyllida Lloyd
Starring Meryl Streep, Anthony Stewart Head, Harry Lloyd, Jim Broadbent
Genre History, Drama

A biopic of Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. As the elderly Thatcher reflects on her life, we see glimpses of her childhood and the difficulties that come with being a woman in power.

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Village Voice by

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, much of it buried under prosthetics.


The New Yorker by David Denby

This bio-pic, written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, is an oddly unsettled compound of glorification and malice. It whirts around restlessly and winds up nowhere. [2 Jan. 2012, p.78]


Variety by Leslie Felperin

Fuzzy-headed biopic, which glosses over the former British prime minister's politics in favor of a glib, breakneck whirl around her career and marriage.


Observer by Rex Reed

Let it be said that Ms. Streep is galvanizing, even as the film slogs through too much information and not nearly enough illumination.


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

Strangely, this Thatcher biopic might have been far more worthwhile if it wasn't about Thatcher: The aged, dotty stranger hanging out with her dead husband is a more compelling subject.

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