The Iron Lady

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British Prime Minister (from 1979 - 1990) Margaret Thatcher biopic with the great Meryl Streep (in an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning performance) playing the titular Iron Lady. Tells Thatcher's story via flashback, including the lead-up to Britain's controversial involvement in the Falklands War in 1982. Jim Broadbent plays her husband Dennis.

The Iron Lady blog says the story is about a "woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is an intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman."

Meryl Streep, Alexandra Roach , Jim Broadbent , Olivia Colman , Anthony Head , Richard E. Grant , Michael Pennington, Angus Wright , Julian Wadham

Directed by
Phyllida Lloyd ('Mamma Mia!')

Written by
Abi Morgan

Festivals & Awards
Best Actress winner (Streep) at the 2012 Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. Winner of Best Make Up at the 2012 Academy Awards.

(M) contains violence | Biography, Drama, True Story & Biography | UK | Official Website


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Average rating 4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

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Top class acting from Meryl Streep
4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

As always, Meryl Streep's acting is unbeatably brilliant. She becomes Margaret Thatcher. This film jumps back and forth through time between now and parts of Margaret's life. If you are not familiar with the life or Margaret Thatcher, this movie might be very hard to follow. I would think anybody under thirty (or even forty) might not be able to understand this film. For those of us who are a bit older however, an excellent film.

Reviewed by bukster
3 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Interesting & enjoyable. You can't go wrong with Meryl Streep.

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Average rating 3 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Empire (UK)

One of Streep’s finest-ever performances. But beyond that — whatever Morgan and Lloyd’s intentions — it’s little more than a myth-enshrining exercise.

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Guardian (UK)

A breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times.

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Hollywood Reporter

Meryl Streep gives a fully realized portrait of British Prime Minister Thatcher in a biopic that values character over context.

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The Telegraph (UK)

This is a brave stab at a contemporary life, and even with its flaws it does Margaret Thatcher a certain grudging justice. Awards should be coming Streep’s way; yet her brilliance rather overshadows the film itself.

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Total Film (UK)

Not Iron Man’s mother, but an adroit if flashy tribute to Mrs Thatcher’s ascent to power. Sly satire and a sublime Streep should tempt in more than the party faithful.

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Variety (USA)

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.

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Liam Maguren,

It’s hard to conjure up an actress that could better Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in this biopic, told through a political highlights reel intercut with a dreary tale of aging and self-reflection. From her first chaotic steps into the governmental ‘mad house’ to her frail final years battling geriatric psychoses, Streep never falters.

Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t compliment her, hardly ever taking the time to capitalise (pun intended) on the significant turning points that defined Thatcher as a relevant political force. Numerous side characters are examined with little depth, a fact that becomes obvious when the film tries to associate them with some heavy importance.

A few scenes did triumph, however, despite being few and far between. With the aid of educated advisers, Thatcher’s presentational transformation from delicate housewife to dominant MP is highly fulfilling (including a voice-training segment that they probably labelled ‘The Queen’s Speech’). It’s also hard not to fist-pump in satisfaction when she performs a verbal vasectomy on her chauvinistic opponents.

As a biopic, The Iron Lady does the bare minimum of what it needed. Paradoxically, Maggie Thatcher was never one to tolerate those who did ‘the bare minimum’.

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