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The Iron Lady

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Phyllida Lloyd

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Plot Summary

Meryl Streep (IT'S COMPLICATED, DOUBT, MAMMA MIA!) gives an OSCAR®-winning performance as Margaret Thatcher in this surprising and intimate portrait of the first and only female Prime Minster of the United Kingdom. Smashing through the barriers of gender and class, Thatcher is arguably one of the 20th century's most influential women. THE IRON LADY weaves the intricacies of Thatcher's personal life with her policy decisions, focusing on the price that she paid for power.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 207
  • Fresh: 106
  • Rotten: 101
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Yes, it's a strangely de-politicized portrait of Britain's first female prime minister. But what's there is actually enough. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jan 12, 2012

Fresh: Streep's performance is so true and so uncannily accurate, so full and so complete in its understanding, that she is fascinating every second she is onscreen. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 12, 2012

Rotten: 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. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jan 12, 2012

Rotten: [Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jan 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Are we a nation of idiots? Do we not read? Can we not think?

Meryl Streep is a most impressive actress in this movie as in most else she has played. However, in case anyone out there cares about the truth, this movie is as far from it as can be imagined. Since when do movies consist of a jumbled up collection of unrelated clips masquerading as history? Would we treat seriously a production about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other pivotal leaders in our history in such a pathetically, intentionally demeaning manner? Would it be fair to depict Ronald Reagon, FDR, and other Presidents as senile old men with a random parade of memories flickering before us? Is this their legacy? America wake up! We are being led by idiots - and I am not referring to Washington DC, but to Hollywood, the self-declared authors of all "valid" opinions. It't time to for us to stop wasting our lives on this triviality. Wake up now or be forever regretful.

Overexposed Streep

As much as I loved Meryl when she first started out, Meryl has become somewhat of a caricature of herself, reducing herself to doing mere impersonations in factually inaccurate movies such as The Iron Lady. Her contempt for her subject is only too obvious, and one would think that she might even thank Lady Thatcher at the Academy Awards but that would have been asking too much. I would encourage anyone who is planning on seeing this movie take it with a grain of salt because that's about how much truth is in this film.

What Streep fails to do as an actress is to connect with the audience. There's always a distance, a "Look, everyone, I'm performing!" type of nuance to her style.

I cannot recommend the Iron Lady because the filmmakers have taken way too many liberties with the source material, and Streep was too busy trying to win her all-elusive Oscar to stand up to the filmmakers to tell them to get the facts right. Lady Thatcher deserves our respect, not the cold impersonation we get from La Streep.

Absolutely Amazing...

It takes a really special movie to get me to the theater, not once, but twice! Meryl Streep's performance is mesmerizing. Can't wait to download the film when it comes out.