'The Iron Lady': Margaret Thatcher's biopic getting mixed reviews

meryl-streep-iron-lady-2.jpg"The Iron Lady," a biopic about the life of Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, opens Friday (Dec. 30) and so far, critics are divided on the movie itself - though they all seem to agree that star Meryl Streep turns in another one of her masterful performances.

Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times writes, "An affecting if not always satisfying portrait of the strong-willed leader humbled by age."

Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says, "Is there anything that Meryl Streep can't do as an actress? One can only marvel at her virtuoso performance as Britain's Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady.'"

Richard Roeper writes, "'The Iron Lady' is a conventional biopic with one great performance and a few memorable scenes."

The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney says, "Playing both the staunch human battleship and the diminished old woman sifting through her past, Meryl Streep is riveting in 'The Iron Lady.'

The Village Voice's Karina Longworth says, "Despite the story's conceit of placing the viewer inside Thatcher's head, she never feels like a real person -- but this is more the fault of Morgan's script than Streep's typically studied performance..."

Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News writes, "Those hoping for insight into the life and times of Margaret Thatcher herself will leave deeply disappointed."

The New York Times' A.O. Scott says, "You are left with the impression of an old woman who can't quite remember who she used to be and of a movie that is not so sure either."


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