Like a grocery list, "The Iron Lady" checks off some of the major events during Margaret Thatcher's career, but doesn't explore them—or the woman, who was Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990—with any substantial depth. Were it not for yet another transformative performance from Meryl Streep (2009's "Julie & Julia"), this stuffy biopic would implode altogether. Careful not to offend, director Phyllida Lloyd (2008's "Mamma Mia!") and writer Abi Morgan (2011's "Shame") have turned Thatcher into a goddess of politics, unions, and women's rights while discarding flaws, setbacks, and her more controversial conservative beliefs (let's just say she was not a supporter of gay rights). It feels especially biased, soft-centered, and unfocused, never finding a concrete story to tell.
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