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      The Iron Lady

      PG-13 Released Dec 30, 2011 1h 45m Biography History Drama List
      52% Tomatometer 238 Reviews 51% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings In her twilight years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) reflects on her life and career as she finally prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent). Daughter of a Grantham grocer, she successfully broke through a double-paned glass ceiling of gender and class. Thatcher became the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom and remained as such for 11 consecutive years, until declining popularity forced her to resign. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Meryl Streep's performance as The Iron Lady is reliably perfect, but it's mired in bland, self-important storytelling.

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      Deborah Ross The Spectator The Iron Lady is a better performance than it is film, although I suspect the performance will carry the day. Aug 31, 2018 Full Review Candice Frederick Reel Talk Online While the movie tries to cultivate Thatcher's life, it's not perfect. But the chemistry between Broadbent and Streep to elevate an untold romance beautifully elevates the flawed movie. Rated: C+ Sep 8, 2017 Full Review Graham Fuller Film Comment Magazine 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. Nov 5, 2013 Full Review Don Shanahan Every Movie Has a Lesson While the film is respectful of her past achievements, we can't help but want more of the "Iron Lady" of the past, not the Rusty Woman in the present. Rated: 2/5 Sep 4, 2023 Full Review Amy Smith Next Best Picture With a short runtime of under two hours, it takes too long for the screenplay to get to the meat of the political situation as the story instead favors an almost sympathetic set-up for a character that many find hard to love. Rated: 4/10 Apr 27, 2023 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) Yet even in the film’s hokiest moments Streep’s work is impressive, as is the sheer nerve she displays just by taking on the role. Feb 27, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      helder f The movie is rather heavy on the anguish of memory loss and the confusion between past and present to a point that the biography of her most relevant years ( in the public domain) falls a bit flat. Great scenes, undoubtedly, but as a whole the movie doesn’t really blend. We can’t be simultaneously worried about the old lady who’s frail and confused and remember that her stronger years. That constant back and forth is exhausting and doesn’t allow the space to appreciate one or the other. The same could be said about her perspective and other perspective about her. We get to see how she feels and remembers, and suddenly we see that her daughter seeing her in the current time at times to realize she was confused. I think all these different angles make the movie a bit unreadable and uncomfortable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/21/24 Full Review Gareth v While the performance of Streep makes this worth investing in, be prepared this is a slog at times with it's story that goes nowhere. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Paul G A missed opportunity. The focus was mostly on Mrs Thatchers failing memory and her talking to her dead husband with some flashbacks of her past. The focus really should have been on her career and accomplishment's which would have made for a superior film. The acting was very good. unfortunately it was the wrong script. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/24 Full Review Ate Lucy F Only Merryl saved this shitty film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/29/23 Full Review Thomas M The best makeup and hairstyling ever done in a movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/26/22 Full Review A somewhat tedious script, it can be said to focus more on Thatcher's criticized policies and life after retirement than on her accomplishments. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/20/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In her twilight years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) reflects on her life and career as she finally prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent). Daughter of a Grantham grocer, she successfully broke through a double-paned glass ceiling of gender and class. Thatcher became the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom and remained as such for 11 consecutive years, until declining popularity forced her to resign.
      Director
      Phyllida Lloyd
      Producer
      Damian Jones
      Screenwriter
      Abi Morgan
      Distributor
      Weinstein Co.
      Production Co
      Pathé
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Violent Images|Brief Nudity)
      Genre
      Biography, History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 30, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 30, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $30.0M
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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