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Rated PG-13 · 105 minutes · 2011

Biography, Historical drama
Meryl Streep is my pick for 2011’s best actress for her incredible, uncanny, Oscar-winning work as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in director Phyllida Lloyd’s engaging biopic. Streep disappears into the role. Yes, it’s in part due to excellent makeup work, but it’s mostly due to Streep’s beautifully nuanced performance. She plays Thatcher at many ages, including Thatcher’s recent declining years—and Streep is spot-on. Her accent is natural, and her physicality is perfection; this is, quite simply, a performance that can be stacked up against any other. Yes, the film glosses over a lot of the political aspects that made Thatcher controversial (although it does spend some decent time on the Falklands War). It focuses mainly on Thatcher’s relationship with her husband (played in later years by Jim Broadbent), and her psychological and emotional difficulties in her elder years. This film is all about Streep and an actress showing the world how this sort of thing is done.
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Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producer: Damian Jones, François Ivernel, Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross and Adam Kulick
Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd, Olivia Colman, Iain Glen, Victoria Bewick, Nicholas Farrell, John Sessions, Anthony Head, David Westhead, Julian Wadham, Richard Grant, Angus Wright, Roger Allam, Michael Pennington, Susan Brown and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Portland Mercury Meryl Streep Doing an Accent The Iron Lady: Even worse than the Falklands War. by Vince Mancini 01/12/2012
Pittsburgh City Paper The Iron Lady The public and private lives of Margaret Thatcher by Al Hoff 01/11/2012
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Charleston City Paper Meryl Streep’s Iron Lady is fiction laced with truth British director Phyllida Lloyd, who worked with Streep on Mamma Mia!, takes an interesting, occasionally misguided track in their new collaboration, documenting Thatcher's life in reverse. by Felicia Feaster 01/11/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Subprime minister: The Iron Lady The opportunity to see America's answer to Shakespearean acting royalty play this quintessentially British figure is the only reason to see the film. by Scott Renshaw 01/12/2012
NUVO Review: 'The Iron Lady' Rather than focusing on ideas, this biopic of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is clouded by sentimentality. Pity: Thatcher was all about ideas. by Ed Johnson-Ott 01/13/2012
The Coast Halifax The Iron Lady shows some rust Streep marvelous, but the movie misses the real story by Carsten Knox 01/12/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta The Iron Lady proves too wishy-washy Meryl Streep's command performance can't save the frigid drama by Curt Holman 01/11/2012
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Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies Opening Friday, Jan. 13 Queen Latifah squares off with Dolly Parton and Meryl Streep just can't make The Iron Lady worthwhile. 01/11/2012

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