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A look at the rise and fall of trailblazing politician Margaret Thatcher through the lens of her own latter-day life. A reckoning with the past as she sees it, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the UK, and the first woman ever to be elected as head of government in the West, reconciles her groundbreaking history with the costs of power.
Drama - This biographical drama on former British Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher is a huge showcase for star Meryl Streep, so fans should be
pleased. Those expecting a more straightforward bio will be
disappointed, as will fans of Jim Broadbent due to his limited screen
time. Adult subject matter makes the film not for kids, who wouldn't
be interested anyhow.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Iron Lady offers a superficial, perfunctory outline of Thatcher's time in the public spotlight and is devoid of the energy that would make watching this feel more entertaining than academic.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Streep is flawless, but the film, like a great many people at the time, is uncertain how to approach her.
Washington PostFull Review Average Meryl Streep disappears so uncannily into former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' that her performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 64 moviegoers:
These are GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, rated "The Iron Lady" very high. All six of the teens even loved it. Three-quarters of the adults loved it with most of the rest rating it above average. If this looks like a movie you would enjoy, chances are high that you will enjoy it very much.
Contrasting the apparent powerlessness of her present-day world with the intense drama and excitement of her past, explored, entirely from Margaret's point of view, how it might have felt - in the face of staggering prejudice of class and gender - to wrest Britain from its postwar decline. Margaret's memories take on epic and operatic proportions in her own mind, as the grocer's daughter from Grantham, the "lone woman in a sea of men," doggedly wrestles with a nation in turmoil, becomes a global superstar, and is finally betrayed by her treacherous colleagues - all the while with the loyal, loving Denis in her shadow.