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The Lady

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

The Lady is the extraordinary true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh), the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis).

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Rotten: Paralyzes history and human drama with relentless hagiography.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rotten: A heavy-handed attempt to sanctify one of the most dignified and uncompromising politicians and human rights champions of recent times.

- Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, Friday, April 20, 2012

Fresh: A worthwhile tribute with unforgettable scenes and an awards-worthy performance from Yeoh.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Thursday, December 22, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Luc Besson is a great director but this film lacks the passion it deserves. I'm afraid he has done Aung San Suu Kyi a great injustice by making a half-hearted biopic of her life. Unless of coarse it was his intention of making a film about the life of her husband, then he did a pretty good job as David Thewlis's Michael Aris took up most of the film - the camera often hanging on him for embarrassing lengths of time for a credible director. For all the great moments in this film, and there are a few, there are three times as many pointless, ill-conceived and ridiculous ones. I love David Thewlis but Besson does not get his potential out of him, the two actors playing their sons can act for candy and poor Michelle Yeoh isn't given the chance to play, what could have been, the performance of her life. For what little screen time she is given, she does a great job but what Aung San Suu Kyi did for Burma is barely hinted at in this mess of a film.

- SirPant, Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2 stars

Besson proves he is not the proper director for a subject like this, turning a real story into a conventional, underwhelming movie and stretching it forever. Still, Michelle Yeoh does her best to confer an aura of elegance and honor to a character that utters cheap soundbites every time to justify her poorly developed actions.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, December 17, 2011

3 stars

I admit, I have a soft spot for Michelle Yeoh because she is Malaysian, but "The Lady" works because of her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi. She manages to convey the poise and strength, and captures every nuanced action and motivational speech prowess of Suu Kyi, amidst a weak adaptation of the true inspiring story of Burma's democratic fighter. "The Lady" extends a little too long but with its cinematography and Yeoh's capabilities, it is worth a watch.

- speedisdeceiving, Thursday, July 19, 2012