Kinky Boots Reviews

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 12, 2006
First-time director Julian Jarrold brings to Kinky Boots the dry humor and blue-collar insight that we expect from England's legendary Ealing Studios -- and that's high praise, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 12, 2006
Though screenwriters Tim Firth and Geoffe Dean worked from fact, director Julian Jarrold makes everything feel much more contrived than fiction.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 12, 2006
The brilliant Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity) is fabulous as the outrageous Lola.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 6, 2006
There's nothing remarkable about Kinky Boots, and only Ejiofor's spectacular performance makes it worth a trip to the theater. But that's enough.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 6, 2006
This is a sharp, smart and heart-warming film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 5, 2006
The only surprises come from Ejiofor, who invests Lola with more depth than his eye shadow and miniskirts would otherwise suggest.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 5, 2006
Chiwetel Ejiofor dishes out another magnetic performance despite a storyline that wavers from innovative to obvious.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 5, 2006
It's what's fresh that saves the film, namely Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 5, 2006
Jarrold's film reportedly is based on fact, but that doesn't stop it from seeming pretty preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 5, 2006
There's no denying that some audience members are likely to find this predictable silliness amusing. And the cast certainly seems to be buying into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
May 4, 2006
Ejiofor's unbridled confidence sells the character and makes the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 4, 2006
Ejiofor sure can sashay and belt out a show-stopping number, but Kinky Boots is too busy putting on its heels to kick 'em off and boogie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 4, 2006
It's the acting of an earnest and capable cast that overcomes a weak screenplay with irresistible charm and surprising poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 1, 2006
It may be very Prince Charming, but it's a story that's definitively old.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 29, 2006
It's difficult to tell if Lola is the only interesting character because he's written that way, or because the actor is so clearly in a class above the rest.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 28, 2006
Rich in spunk, humor, dignity, subtle emotions when needed, and dressed to kill when belting songs like "I Want to Be Evil" in a meaty, gal-guy voice, Ejiofor amps and vamps the contrivances appealingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 28, 2006
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.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 28, 2006
Don't let the title toss you. The accent on this charmer about a shoe-factory owner who finds a muse of economic recovery in a drag queen rests on the boots more than the kinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 28, 2006
Kinky Boots sounds like some kind of fetish fantasy, but it's actually a good-natured and rather sweet British comedy that charmingly touches on issues of manhood and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
April 28, 2006
The story's beats and developments are a little too familiar, though quirky wit and a genuine warmth make getting from one to the next a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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