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The Mighty Macs Reviews

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Will Leitch

There's a nice inspirational message for young girls in this movie, and boy does this movie hit it hard.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C-

June 22, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service


Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a well-intentioned and consistently earnest endeavor that is, unfortunately, completely underwhelming almost from start to finish...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

If you're a sucker for underdog stories and love rooting for a ragtag bunch that takes the nation by surprise, you'll find that "The Mighty Macs" delivers the same emotional payoff as "Hoosiers."

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

February 8, 2012
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

A by-the-numbers underdog sports movie, but as a female athlete who benefited from the national attention that team brought to female athletes, I embrace this feel-good story.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2011
Jackie K. Cooper

Its a story that is amazing but true, but a little depth in the character's stories would have added a lot to the overall enjoyment.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

October 25, 2011
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today

It's a shame that a movie that should have been a slam dunk feels more like a missed shot from the free throw line.

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

October 24, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

This distaff basketball tale dribbles away any chance for excitement through a mountainous accumulation of blinding clichés.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 24, 2011
Brian Orndorf

Good, clean entertainment for the whole family, snapping spare parts from hundreds of sports pictures together, fashioning a slight, but genial feature that should appeal to viewers hungry for lighter fare that isn't animated.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

October 24, 2011
Tony Macklin

The Mighty Macs has its pleasant moments, but it does not have the authentic taste and aroma of Philly Cheese Steaks. Instead, it's as generic as McDonald's Big Macs.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.0/5

October 23, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Feminism, b-ball, and nuns. Hail Mary, full-court press.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

October 22, 2011

The filmmakers may as well have taken the screenplay of Hoosiers and just made a few edits, changing the decade from the '50s to the '70s and the male characters into women.

Full Review Source: Patch | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 21, 2011
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

has a gentle sweetness that is never cloying, never condescending. Instead there is an exuberance that is heart-warming -- the point of the exercise

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2011
Jim Judy
Screen It!

'The Mighty Macs' might not be the champion of sports dramas, but it's entertaining and easy to watch. (Movie Review for Parents also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

October 21, 2011
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Sweetly old-fashioned … nice and well-intentioned, but on the other hand the Macs deserve better than a nice, well-intentioned movie.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B-

October 21, 2011
Willie Waffle

It's Hoosiers in high heels with a splash of holy water. It's hard not to get sucked into the underdog story

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2011
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 21, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Without resorting to any trick plays, "The Mighty Macs" is the equivalent of high-top Converse All-Stars: timeless and effective, but perhaps not flashy enough for the kids at the mall.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The blandly inspirational sports flick "The Mighty Macs" is warm- spirited but all too obvious, even as the charms of its lead performer Carla Gugino help sell this familiar story.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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There's something refreshingly unpushy about the movie and its beliefs, and Gugino seems to be sauntering through on her way to a different, spikier movie, the kind that is her stock in trade.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2011
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