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The Iron Lady

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Streep is riveting in well-acted but underwhelming biopic.

Movie PG-13 2011 105 minutes
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Streep lives up to the ridiculously high expectations audiences have of her in pretty much any film -- greatness. Director Phyllida Lloyd's quasi-biopic is in fact a collaboration of talented women, including herself at the helm (she also made the cheery musical Mamma Mia!), screenwriter Abi Morgan (who also wrote the critically acclaimed Shame) and, of course, Streep in the spotlight role, transforming herself once again.

It's not that she nails the accent or posture or hairstyle but that she's able to make one of the most polarizing political figures in recent world history a sympathetic underdog. There's a brilliant shot of the young Thatcher wearing a hat and carrying her signature purse walking into Parliament among a sea of men; it doesn't matter where you are on the political spectrum, you feel the impact of her presence. Broadbent and Lloyd are notable as the elder and younger Mr. Thatchers, but Streep is the reason audiences will go -- and stay -- despite some underwhelming montages and under-explored aspects of the (in)famous PM's life.

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