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Made in Dagenham (2010)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 9

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As produced by heavyweight Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game) and headlined by Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday), this period docudrama brings to life a pivotal event from British history. In 1968, women's rights took a broad leap forward when workers at the Ford Dagenham automobile plant -- buckling beneath deplorable working conditions rightly perceived as gender discrimination -- suddenly stormed out into the streets and began to strike in protest of the



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Made in Dagenham gamely depicts an interesting bit of history, but its real message is a matter of principle.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A spirited look -- well written, beautifully acted, full of uplift -- at lovably cheeky heroines on the march for a little respect.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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It's a nice breather indeed.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's an entertaining, humanist slice of social history scored with a soundtrack of upbeat late-'60s radio hits.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The likable little British import "Made in Dagenham" delivers an overdue valentine to some unsung heroines of the people-power revolution.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The real women of the Ford plant - seen briefly and tantalizing in footage played over the credits - surely could tell a more compelling story than this agreeable but overfamiliar effort; perhaps some documentarian, some day, will give them the chance.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A cheeky and uplifting "inspired-by-a-true-story" that overcomes its predictability with sparkling performances, a dash of wit and a lot of heart

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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full review at Movies for the Masses

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

All the anger has been wrapped up in a tea cozy.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comment (1)

Uplifting tale of fight for equal pay; with strong language.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

You want to see how determined working-class citizens can band together and defeat powerful interests? This is your movie.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

...a light, rather cheerful movie that tells its story in an uncomplicated fashion while leaning heavily on '60s style and fashion - it's sort of a Mad Men meets Norma Rae meets Laverne & Shirley affair

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sally Hawkins isn't built like Rosie the Riveter, but the skinny acting Atlas is more than capable of carrying this formulaic but entertaining feminist labor drama on her fragile-looking shoulders.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[W]hile there is a power to this tale of triumph, it is measured against the cold calculation of the familiar Brit-com treatment.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Sally Hawkins is eminently watchable, but it's too bad Made in Dagenham feels like it rolled off another kind of assembly line.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

I am woman, hear me roar! And by "roar," I mean drive the Ford Motor Company to such a slowdown that it just got passed in the left lane by Mr. Magoo on an exercise bike.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

A hopeful tale of how hard times like these ripple through family and community, and can strengthen both in the process.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's too slight to be considered the feel-good movie of the year; we'll call it the feel-pretty-good movie of the year and leave it at that.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

A pleasant, safe entertainment that doles out story beats with assembly-line precision and whose stakes reside primarily in the performances.

January 14, 2011
Orlando Weekly

While Made in Dagenham is passably amusing, it's clearly not worth much as history, and its rote parade of obvious plot points can get tiresome.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Did it actually happen this way? Probably not, but it should have, and it certainly works as effective drama.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rita is wonderfully played by Sally Hawkins, an actor who can't help but add silver linings to whatever dark clouds the script presents... When she's on camera, I'd swear the screen bends into a smile.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

This well-meaning salute to women in the workplace is an uplifting crowd-pleaser. Although the dialogue is hard to follow at times due to the British accents, the gist of the movie and the overriding principle at stake is unmistakable.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

William Ivory's screenplay cannily balances Rita's personal transformation against the women's underdog quest for equality. The results may not be original, exactly, but they're no less enjoyable.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Made in Dagenham

An inspirational story for women's rights and good on them, however this movie is just boring. Bob Hoskins is brilliant and the cast is brilliant but not my sort of movie!
December 22, 2013
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An entertaining, but curiously, slightly frustratingly middle class image of working class struggle.
March 13, 2013
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Solid cast - Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins - but this film's beginning is brutally boring, and in all it's too didactic, moving slowly and belabouring most plot points. The subject matter is important, and it's not without it's moments, but the dialogue is clunky and poorly written, veering dangerously close to Movie of the Week territory by times.
September 8, 2012

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I saw all but the very end of this (had to return to library and ran out of time to finish it). I don't feel like I really need to have seen it all. This is quite a predictable movie, I am sure I could take a guess how it ended!
It's actually a little dull, though it has good performances and I enjoyed the 60's setting and outfits.
Nice enough film to watch, but nothing exciting.
May 19, 2012

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    1. Lisa: Because I called Mr. Clarke a complete cock.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
    1. Reporter 1: What if Mrs. Castle says no?
    2. Reporter 2: Yeah, how will you cope then?
    3. Rita O'Grady: How will we cope? How will we cope? We're women. Now please stop asking stupid questions.
    – Submitted by Zee A (2 years ago)
    1. Rita O'Grady: Look I know you're not mentioning it because you're being polite and everything, but that day when we met in the corridor, well, I was really upset, and I never really use that type of language.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Lisa: I'm Lisa Burnett, I'm 31 years old and I have a first class honours degree from one of the finest universities in the world, and my husband treats me like I'm a fool.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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