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Kinky Boots (2006)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 46

Kinky Boots relies heavily on the Full Monty formula of Britcoms, while playing it too safe in a desperate attempt not to offend. Ejiofor's performance is its redeeming virtue.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 19

Kinky Boots relies heavily on the Full Monty formula of Britcoms, while playing it too safe in a desperate attempt not to offend. Ejiofor's performance is its redeeming virtue.



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Charlie Price faces the impending shut down of the Northampton shoe factory that his family has owned and operated for generations. Just when he feels that all is lost, he has a chance encounter with Lola, a flamboyant transvestite cabaret star. Lola's desire for stylish, kinky boots for herself and her colleagues provides a glimmer of hope for the factory and its employees.


Drama, Comedy

Geoff Deane, Tim Firth

Sep 5, 2006


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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (46) | DVD (11)

Overall, it's breezy, forgettable fluff, but 'kinky'? Obviously, the term is relative.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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You'll giggle and laugh and never look at those things on your feet the same way again.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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It's a predictable and preachy stab at a comedy with heart, and its subversive silliness is eclipsed by an overwrought humanity.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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It's a feel-good movie that happens to dress in drag.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Oh, do come in, love -- welcome to the Twee Brit Comedy Factory.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Ejiofor's latest, Kinky Boots, may not enshrine itself in the halls of movie greatness, but it proves that this versatile British actor can do nearly anything.

April 28, 2006
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Brit comedy is more warm and quirky than kinky.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film falls short of its initially obvious dramatic goals due to the shallow depths that screenwriters Geoff Deane and Tim Firth take their characters.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

What Kinky Boots has going for it is a terrific performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola, who serves as the emotional heart of the film.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

It's cheerful, predictable and far from edgy, but buoyed by a likable cast and a standout performance by the versatile Chiwetel Ejiofor.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Kinky Boots stands out for 3 reasons: 1. It's inspired by a true story. 2. It's about what it really means to be a man AND the power of fabulousness. 3. It has the formidable Chiwetel Ejiofor in drag, singing!

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

A tepid crowd-pleasing Brit comedy/drama that offers nothing fresh.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...never quite as tedious as one might've expected...

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Kinky Boots is so loveable and its characters so charming, it may have you forgetting how much of it is firmly rooted in stereotype and cliché.

September 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The cast of eccentrics is endearing, and the lessons of acceptance slide down easily with minimal emotional manipulation.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

It's Ejiofor who takes the film from the realm of good into something verging on greatness.

May 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...If you've seen The Full Monty (or Waking Ned Devine or Calendar Girls or Billy Elliot) then this film's surprises will be few and far between, although no less pleasant for it.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Kinky Boots is a rare and unassuming tale about everyday folk, or shall I say blokes, who climb out of their comfort zones to change their lives for the better without the help of Richard Simmons or Tony Robbins.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

The betrayals, reconciliations and revelations are forced on us with clockwork precision, and no cliche goes unexplored.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Another 'naughty' British comedy for audiences who love 'Are You Being Served?' but don't want to know whether Mr. Humphries is really supposed to be gay.

May 26, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A marginal Britcom.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Kinky Boots

The premise of the film isn't all that hilarious as it's about a shoe factory in England that's restructuring. Sure, the adage of a drag queen business partner and emissary doesn't hurt, especially when they're played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor can sing, he can dance, and he really pulls off the character of Lola, a smart, funny, and lovable queen from London who helps a down and out shoe factory owner start making heels for men. The best parts have Lola in them, and without her this film would not be interesting. All the supporting characters are droll, as well as our lead character Charlie (Edgerton). Charlie's0 life seems inconsequential to the rest of the film, including his entire romantic relationship with Lauren (Potts), not helped by his slack jawed expression. When there are heels and divas onscreen it's a good time, which is why this film prompted a Broadway musical to boot.
September 10, 2014

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The ecstatic dance Lola does in the beginning of this movie is so uplifting the movie could've ended there as far I'm concerned. But the rest of the story is worth sticking around for too.
February 17, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Based on an actual fetishism boot and shoe factory in England. Not sure why it took me 8 yrs. to catch this movie that I have heard so much about, but I am sorry now that it did. I found this a charming, perfectly delightful movie. It was fun, the acting was very good, and just totally enjoyable! Now it is a stage musical? Would LOVE to see it! :)
May 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

Just a nice little film. Won't change any ones life, and will probably have forgotten it five minutes after you've seen it, but not bad to watch to kill an hour and a half.
The cast were fine, the plot is slight and the drag queen and the shoes steal the show.
January 5, 2011

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    1. Lola: Perhaps what women secretly desire is a man who is fundamentally a woman.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Harold Price: The first thing you notice about a person is their shoes.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Harold Price: I think it's a shoe.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Harold Price: Okay,now, Charlie. I'm going to show you the most beautiful thing in the world. Do you know what it is?
    2. Charlie Price: A shoe.
    3. Harold Price: A lot of people would say it'd be an oak tree.
    4. Charlie Price: It's a shoe.
    5. Harold Price: A lot of people would say it'd be a field of woodland flowers.Do you know what I think it is, Charlie?
    6. Charlie Price: A shoe.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Lola: Look to the heel, young man. The sex is in the heel.
    – Submitted by Karen R (3 years ago)
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