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Iron Lady

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Meryl Streep (IT'S COMPLICATED, DOUBT, MAMMA MIA!) gives an OSCAR®-winning performance as Margaret Thatcher in this surprising and intimate portrait of the first and only female Prime Minster of the United Kingdom.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    51%
  • Audience Score
    51%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Streep is riveting in well-acted but underwhelming biopic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Iron Lady follows the life of Margaret Thatcher from a humble grocer's daughter to the United Kingdom's prime minister. A few violent images are shown -- notably of the Falklands War and of upset demonstrators, as well as of a character being killed by a car bomb -- and in one news-footage scene, the bare breasts of a woman in a crowd are visible. Language is limited to "bloody" and "damn," and romance consists of a few sweet embraces, dances, and kisses between the Thatchers. The film's depiction of major historical and political events may not hook most teens, but this biopic offers a valuable lesson in both British and women's history.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how The Iron Lady depicts Margaret Thatcher's rise to power. How is she portrayed? How can she inspire other young women?
  • The scenes between Margaret and her late husband are all imagined, so the movie isn't a standard "biopic." Does that matter? Why do you think the filmmakers chose to take that route?
  • Do you have to agree with Margaret Thatcher's politics to enjoy the movie? Do you think it's out to convey any specific agenda?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    51%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    51%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Streep's] performance overpowers the movie it's in - a perfectly executed triple axel that renders everything else just featureless ice.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, January 13, 2012

Fresh: 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.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fresh: 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.

- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday, January 12, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Seriously depressing movie. This is more about Margaret's struggles in later life with dementia and mourning her husband than about her career. It's very well done, and Meryl is excellent, but I really would have liked more detail and history of events than the sad portrayal of an old lady. Felt very down at the end of it. Not sure it is very respectful either. I'm I am not really up on what Margaret actually did as prime minister, which was part of the reason I was interested to see this. Right or not, she was obviously a strong woman with an interesting life. It seems they could have made this movie about any old lady with similar health problems.

- romy861, Sunday, November 11, 2012

3 stars

Seriously depressing movie. This is more about Margaret's struggles in later life with dementia and mourning her husband than about her career. It's very well done, and Meryl is excellent, but I really would have liked more detail and history of events than the sad portrayal of an old lady. Felt very down at the end of it. Not sure it is very respectful either. I'm I am not really up on what Margaret actually did as prime minister, which was part of the reason I was interested to see this. Right or not, she was obviously a strong woman with an interesting life. It seems they could have made this movie about any old lady with similar health problems.

- romy861, Sunday, November 11, 2012

3 stars

Seriously depressing movie. This is more about Margaret's struggles in later life with dementia and mourning her husband than about her career. It's very well done, and Meryl is excellent, but I really would have liked more detail and history of events than the sad portrayal of an old lady. Felt very down at the end of it. Not sure it is very respectful either. I'm I am not really up on what Margaret actually did as prime minister, which was part of the reason I was interested to see this. Right or not, she was obviously a strong woman with an interesting life. It seems they could have made this movie about any old lady with similar health problems.

- romy861, Sunday, November 11, 2012