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The Iron Lady

Released: 06/01/2012 General release

Meryl Streep does well as a dead ringer for the UK's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, who dominated and divided the nation for over a decade. This portrayal focuses on the personal rather than the political, a choice which itself may divide critics and audiences alike.

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Radio Times“Without Streep, it's just high-quality historical karaoke...” The movie fails to find purchase on any broader motivation, beyond that of quasi-feminist megalomania...
 
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The Observer“Nothing is examined or analysed, little is illuminated...” Breathtaking in its detail and nuance, its subtle gestures and inflections, this multifaceted jewel of a portrait is altogether grander than the commonplace setting of the film...
 
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The Independent“A sober, well-intentioned attempt to humanise its subject...” Streep's Thatcher is an extraordinary performance: an uncanny impersonation, and then something more....
 
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Time Out“The film’s often for, sometimes against, ultimately a bit wishy-washy...” The idea, presumably, is to settle the audience by humanising the old battleaxe before we flit back and forth to the more contentious political material...
 
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Evening Standard“Streep is simply brilliant as Thatcher in every way...” The Iron Lady really is, among other things, a feminist revision of King Lear...
 
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The Telegraph“Lloyd and Morgan have no intention of immortalising their subject...” Personality politics might have been anathema to Margaret Thatcher MP, but this film is propelled by the sheer power of her presence...
 
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Little White Lies“The hagiography is just depressing...” Nothing can quite prepare you for the howling lack of political insight and the suffocating cult of personality that define Meryl Streep’s Thatcher biopic...
 
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Total Film “Sly satire and a sublime Streep...” Stripped down, the story’s primarily a setting for Streep’s jaw-droppingly brilliant performance. Less an impersonation than an uncanny recreation, she captures Thatcher perfectly...
 
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Empire“Little more than a myth-enshrining exercise...” You can easily guess its strength. Yes: Streep. Meryl realises Maggie with almost terrifying fidelity, both at the height of her power, and in her twilight days...
 
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Guardian“A movie that gives us Thatcher without Thatcherism...” Streep, it transpires, is the one great weapon of this often silly and suspect picture. Her performance is astonishing and all but flawless; a masterpiece of mimicry which re-imagines Thatcher in all her half-forgotten glory...
 
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