• PG-13, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Julian Jarrold
    In Theaters:
    Apr 8, 2006 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 5, 2006
  • Miramax Films


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Kinky Boots Reviews

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Every moment in Kinky Boots is screamingly, painfully obvious. The only way the film could have surprised me would have been if the projectionist accidentally spliced in a reel of Cannibal Holocaust.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 4/10

April 13, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The main problem is that it's not very kinky at all.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 17, 2006
Eric D. Snider

I can't think of any reason for you to see it, but I can't think of any reason not to, either.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

January 28, 2006
Cole Smithey

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.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

April 19, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It would be nice to be able to report that Kinky Boots is a kick in the pants. But this conventional, manipulative British import feels like a re-soled pair of shoes that unquestionably have seen their day.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 20, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[An] utterly vapid distillation of a "true story," crammed into the tired old Full Monty formula.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1/4

April 14, 2006
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Overall, it's breezy, forgettable fluff, but 'kinky'? Obviously, the term is relative.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Matt Pais

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2006
Gabriel Shanks
Modern Fabulousity

Far too insubstantial to make any interesting use of its social agenda, and the easy answers it finds about prejudice and bigotry strain credibility.

Full Review Source: Modern Fabulousity | Original Score: C

April 8, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Kinky Boots is pretty routine fare with its we-must-save-the-company debut feature by helmer Julian Jarrold.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 13, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

December 4, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Our friends across the pond have gone daft trying to satisfy a worldwide desire to see a reserved populace get plucky.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

April 12, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The recipe for this silly, quasi-inspirational British comedy comes from the same cookbook that gave us The Full Monty.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 13, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Yet another one of those heartwarmers about Great Britain's plucky eccentrics.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2006
John Anderson
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Kinky Boots shoehorns what should be a fresh story into the same old pair of narrative galoshes.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 14, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Director Julian Jarrold and screenwriters Geoff Deane and Tim Firth trade in hackneyed dualities.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 20, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Lola, at least the way Ejiofor plays her, has a sad story she's eager to tell. The movie never entirely figures out what to do with this.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 21, 2006
Chris Cabin

undercooked to an amateurish degree

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 13, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Rigged for your pleasure...everything is played up for schmaltz value or dopey laughs.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 14, 2006
Matt Singer
Village Voice
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Why are movies 'inspired by a true story' always the most contrived?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 11, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
May 6, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 7, 2005
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

The movie is safe and predictable as a pair of loafers.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
March 3, 2006

Baltimore Sun
May 6, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 13, 2006
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