Calendar Girls Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 26, 2005
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 8, 2004
An innocent comic exercise, fueled more on charm than titillation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 8, 2004
Amiable enough as a frothy entertainment, with darker overtones rendered with emotional effectiveness.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 3, 2004
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 2, 2004
Sentimental and eccentric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 2, 2004
Calendar Girls will make your day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 2, 2004
A breezy British comedy reminiscent of The Full Monty.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 2, 2004
Tries to be both funny and touching and and isn't enough of either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 2, 2004
Breezes along for a good stretch in easy delight at age-defying liberation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 2, 2004
A refreshing lark, made all the more enjoyable by a cast of fine actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 2, 2004
A lovely romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 2, 2004
Conventional, preachy and, worst of all, predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 2, 2004
Cozy and enjoyable.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 22, 2003
... good-natured confection, filled with breezy humor and heartfelt relationships ...
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 20, 2003
Unlike the flowers and the women of Yorkshire, Calendar Girls hits its stride early on, and goes to seed well before we can enjoy its full bloom.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 19, 2003
The never-naughty Calendar Girls is as easy to take as it is because director Nigel Cole avoids the hard sell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 19, 2003
There's a terrific comedy buried somewhere here about moral hypocrisy and community panic, but it never fully emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 19, 2003
A heartwarmer of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 19, 2003
A charming movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 19, 2003
Calendar Girls may be boomer-baiting formula, but this ingratiating, big-hearted holiday treat is as British as plum pudding -- and the closest thing on the market to the famous Ealing comedies.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 19, 2003
Calendar Girls will leave you with that exuberant smile you wore after The Full Monty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 19, 2003
[Mirren and Walters] have the moxie and art to make you forget -- at least for stretches -- the very wobbly contrivance of the story around them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 19, 2003
[A] sweet, good-humored comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 19, 2003
A featherweight trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 19, 2003
The humor lacks bite, and the drama is forced.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2003
A paper-thin comic distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 18, 2003
Pat, contrived and entirely predictable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 18, 2003
Helen Mirren stars in yet another professionally acted and staged wry-crisp comedy about British modesty that gets its laughs, but seems increasingly out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 18, 2003
It reels us in because it is about people who for so long have paid lip service to making a difference that they are profoundly altered when they actually do.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 18, 2003
What Calendar Girls gives us is all a bit too thin for a feature film. Or even jam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 18, 2003
Charming and sweet-natured.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2003
The real-life calendar girls were actual human beings, and here they're merely comic patsies.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 18, 2003
It creates a strong sense of a living, breathing community, and you root for its affectionately drawn characters as they experience the giddiness of triumph without forgetting the project's bittersweet inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 16, 2003
A genial lesson in how to both honor and subvert womanly expectations.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 14, 2003
These women deserve more than Calendar Girls ultimately gives them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
August 19, 2003
An engaging, light character comedy, played somewhere between the Ealing tradition and contempo regional comedy.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
August 12, 2003
A grown-up comedy that is warm, winning and sexy.