"Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher is the main reason to see THE IRON LADY....Close your eyes -- or even keep them open -- and the Iron Lady's time has come again."
Wall Street Journal (12/30/2011)
"[T]he film features a tour-de-force performance by Meryl Streep. Hers is a flawless portrayal of the conservative British prime minister..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/30/2011)
"Designer Marese Langan does a remarkable job of taking away and putting years on Streep as she moves from Thatcher's late 30s to her 80s....It is Streep's uncanny ability to disappear inside her characters that is striking here."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (12/30/2011)
"[T]he thoughtful depths and fine-grained details in Meryl Streep’s latest feat of superhuman portraiture are ample reward."
Hollywood Reporter - David Rooney (11/23/2011)
"Streep is her own irresistible show as she assumes, with the precision that is her trademark, the character of the U.K.'s staunchly conservative prime minister in the 1980s." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (01/06/2012)
"[T]he story's primarily a setting for Streep's jaw-droppingly brilliant performance....She creates a subtle, stress-riven portrait of a woman reckoning up an extraordinary life as unflinchingly as she lived it."
Total Film - Kate Stables (02/01/2012)
"[With] Meryl Streep, once again going far beyond mimicry into total identification with her role, taking Thatcher from the confident stride of her early triumphs to the stiff-legged shuffle of old age."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (02/01/2012)
"Streep's performance, which spans some 40 years in the former prime minister's life, meticulously captures Thatcher's strident public persona."
Film Comment - Graham Fuller (01/01/2012)