Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) breaks through class and gender barriers to become the United Kingdom's first female prime minister.
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Certainly, it's worth seeing and arguing over, but my personal take on Thatcher remains unchanged, Streep's virtuoso ministrations notwithstanding. "
" 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. "
" Streep gets under the skin of one of the 20th century's most dynamic and also most contained personalities. "
" Streep and Broadbent are entirely watchable, and Thatcher's story, even in its vague and watered-down state, is inherently interesting. "
" Streep, no fan of Thatcher, nicely undercuts the poignancy of her current condition with flashbacks that reveal her brittle arrogance in office. "
" Maudlin and ham-fisted, The Iron Lady is cinematic scrap metal. "
" Even if you have little interest in Thatcher or why she mattered, you'll likely respond to the contradictory yet charismatic character that Streep has conjured from truth and myth. "
" Yes, Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here. "
" The Iron Lady is a performance in search of a film. "
" While the rest of "The Iron Lady" fades quickly in memory, Meryl Streep's performance in the title role remains startlingly present. "
" Often "The Iron Lady" relies on montages to get to - and plow through - historic high points. "
" [Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice. "
" Yes, it's a strangely de-politicized portrait of Britain's first female prime minister. But what's there is actually enough. "
" Streep is Oscar-worthy here, as she almost always is, which is hardly a surprise, and the historic subject matter is fascinating whichever way your politics may lean. "
" 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. "
" The portrait that Streep delivers in Phyllida Lloyd's impressionistic biopic is astonishing. "
" It isn't Streep's fault that The Iron Lady ends up feeling so uninvolving and oddly dour. "
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