(2011)

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Based on 41 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Streep is a pleasure to behold; less so the rest of The Iron Lady.
70
Meryl Streep gives a fully realized portrait of British Prime Minister Thatcher in a biopic that values character over context.
63
Slant Magazine
The wonder and terror of Meryl Streep's performance in The Iron Lady is her formidable ability to nail the disheartening talents of not just Margaret Thatcher, but so many conservative politicians like her, who have a tremendous knack for changing minds and beckoning cheers while underlining their own rigid ignorance.
50
Variety
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.
50
Let it be said that Ms. Streep is galvanizing, even as the film slogs through too much information and not nearly enough illumination.
50
Boxoffice Magazine
Where the actress succeeds, all but disappearing into the role of Thatcher, the rest of the film is a bizarre amalgamation of archival footage, half-baked montages, hallucinations that push the bounds of poetic license straight into the gray area of bad taste, and plain old tedium.
50
The New Yorker
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]
50
Village Voice
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.
42
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.
40
This iron lady of cinema deserves better.

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