'The Iron Lady' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   6 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   209 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    On the rare occasions when the film does allow her to become nastily political, this Margaret comes alive.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    A breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Though not illuminating as a historical biopic, the film features a tour-de-force performance by Meryl Streep.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    [Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Those hoping for insight into the life and times of Margaret Thatcher herself will leave deeply disappointed.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Takes a blandly nonpartisan approach to one of the most controversial, as well as influential, politicians in British history.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Often "The Iron Lady" relies on montages to get to - and plow through - historic high points.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    An oddly unsettling compound of glorification and malice that whirls around and winds up nowhere.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Yes, it's a strangely de-politicized portrait of Britain's first female prime minister. But what's there is actually enough.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Streep, no fan of Thatcher, nicely undercuts the poignancy of her current condition with flashbacks that reveal her brittle arrogance in office.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    Yes, Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
    Glosses over the former British prime minister's politics in favor of a glib, breakneck whirl around her career and marriage.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Streep gets under the skin of one of the 20th century's most dynamic and also most contained personalities.
    Full Review » 3 years ago