The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

British Prime Minister (from 1979 - 1990) Margaret Thatcher biopic with the great Meryl Streep (in an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning performance) playing the titular Iron Lady. Tells Thatcher's story via flashback, including the lead-up to Britain's controversial involvement in the Falklands War in 1982. Jim Broadbent plays her husband Dennis.

The Iron Lady blog says the story is about a "woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is an intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman."

Best Actress winner (Streep) at the 2012 Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. Winner of Best Make Up at the 2012 Academy Awards.
2011Rating: M, contains violence105 minsUK
BiographyDramaTrue Story & Biography
82%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Fuzzy-headed biopic, which glosses over the former British prime minister's politics in favor of a glib, breakneck whirl around her career and marriage.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Not Iron Man’s mother, but an adroit if flashy tribute to Mrs Thatcher’s ascent to power. Sly satire and a sublime Streep should tempt in more than the party faithful.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is a brave stab at a contemporary life, and even with its flaws it does Margaret Thatcher a certain grudging justice. Awards should be coming Streep’s way; yet her brilliance rather overshadows the film itself.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Meryl Streep gives a fully realized portrait of British Prime Minister Thatcher in a biopic that values character over context.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One of Streep’s finest-ever performances. But beyond that — whatever Morgan and Lloyd’s intentions — it’s little more than a myth-enshrining exercise.

3.0
0

Phyllida Lloyd, director of 'Mamma Mia,' reunites with Meryl Streep to bring this strange and fractured tale of an aged and all too human ex-Prime Minister, on the verge of dementia. In focusing on the aging protagonist and her flashes of memories and chats with her deceased husband Dennis, the film portrays Lady Thatcher as a human being - no small feat in...

3.0
0

o me British politics is about as exciting as counting rice, the prospect of watching a biopic on the barren Margaret Thatcher had me reaching for handfuls of Uncle Bens. A number of people for whom I have the upmost respect have told me that I should go and see The Iron Lady; they said that it transcended its subject's unpopularity and showed a side of...

0

I think most people may miss the point of this film. Rather than a biopic of M. Thatcher it is more of a story of the relationship between Margaret and Dennis, the man who propped her up with his undying love even after death. Meryl Streep is extraordinary but it would have been more satisfying for most of us to see a linear tale of Margaret's life. But...

0

"The Iron Lady" is up there among the best of the past twelve months or so. Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding and must put her among the top of the Oscar nominees. If there isn't an Oscar for make-up, there now should be. With the hindsight of a few years, this movies shows (albeit superficially) the resolution and uncompromising...

4.0
0

A stellar cast much underused with little exploration of their characters and influences. Skirted over significant events that shaped a nation and generally underplayed their impact. Heavy emphasis on her now frailties rather than the strengths which made me think this was a movie made by Labour as a cheap shot.

0

Great acting by Streep but superficial overall, didn't tell me anything I didn't know of Thatcher and was just a romp through UK politics over that time using flashbacks. Without knowing suspect it doesn't have the support of her family as no new material and haven't portrayed how she is as an older person very respectfully. Not that I have any feelings...

2.0
0

Much more of her public life and less of her private and domestic life would have been an improvement as it lacked passion and excitement I thought as I was drowsing and nearly fell asleep. I guess you gotta go and find out yourself & see.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Fuzzy-headed biopic, which glosses over the former British prime minister's politics in favor of a glib, breakneck whirl around her career and marriage.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Not Iron Man’s mother, but an adroit if flashy tribute to Mrs Thatcher’s ascent to power. Sly satire and a sublime Streep should tempt in more than the party faithful.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is a brave stab at a contemporary life, and even with its flaws it does Margaret Thatcher a certain grudging justice. Awards should be coming Streep’s way; yet her brilliance rather overshadows the film itself.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Meryl Streep gives a fully realized portrait of British Prime Minister Thatcher in a biopic that values character over context.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One of Streep’s finest-ever performances. But beyond that — whatever Morgan and Lloyd’s intentions — it’s little more than a myth-enshrining exercise.

3.0
0

Phyllida Lloyd, director of 'Mamma Mia,' reunites with Meryl Streep to bring this strange and fractured tale of an aged and all too human ex-Prime Minister, on the verge of dementia. In focusing on the aging protagonist and her flashes of memories and chats with her deceased husband Dennis, the film portrays Lady Thatcher as a human being - no small feat...

3.0
0

o me British politics is about as exciting as counting rice, the prospect of watching a biopic on the barren Margaret Thatcher had me reaching for handfuls of Uncle Bens. A number of people for whom I have the upmost respect have told me that I should go and see The Iron Lady; they said that it transcended its subject's unpopularity and showed a side of...

0

I think most people may miss the point of this film. Rather than a biopic of M. Thatcher it is more of a story of the relationship between Margaret and Dennis, the man who propped her up with his undying love even after death. Meryl Streep is extraordinary but it would have been more satisfying for most of us to see a linear tale of Margaret's life. But...

0

"The Iron Lady" is up there among the best of the past twelve months or so. Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding and must put her among the top of the Oscar nominees. If there isn't an Oscar for make-up, there now should be. With the hindsight of a few years, this movies shows (albeit superficially) the resolution and uncompromising...

4.0
0

A stellar cast much underused with little exploration of their characters and influences. Skirted over significant events that shaped a nation and generally underplayed their impact. Heavy emphasis on her now frailties rather than the strengths which made me think this was a movie made by Labour as a cheap shot.

0

Great acting by Streep but superficial overall, didn't tell me anything I didn't know of Thatcher and was just a romp through UK politics over that time using flashbacks. Without knowing suspect it doesn't have the support of her family as no new material and haven't portrayed how she is as an older person very respectfully. Not that I have any feelings...

2.0
0

Much more of her public life and less of her private and domestic life would have been an improvement as it lacked passion and excitement I thought as I was drowsing and nearly fell asleep. I guess you gotta go and find out yourself & see.

2.0
0