The Mighty Macs Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
Plucky
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
November 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 24, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
October 23, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 21, 2011
'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)
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 21, 2011
Sweetly old-fashioned … nice and well-intentioned, but on the other hand the Macs deserve better than a nice, well-intentioned movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 21, 2011
Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 20, 2011
Tame girls' basketball tale is sentimental but inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
October 20, 2011
The context and an excellent cast gives this more heft than the typical based-on-a-true-story saga of the underdog team that became national champions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 20, 2011
...all a bit too nice...but the competition on the court is genuinely fierce and the all around sense of sisterhood is solid.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 20, 2011
It's sure not new, but somehow it never gets old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2011
Pleasing rather than rousing, informational rather than inspirational, Macs is more of a sit-in-the-bleachers-and-clap than a stand-up-and-cheer affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 20, 2011
So few are the inspirational sports movies for girls that this formulaic drama about an underdog basketball team that beats the odds to win the national collegiate championship can be forgiven any sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Screen International
October 20, 2011
Achingly familiar and evincing little ambition to stretch beyond its comfortably prescribed parameters of feel-good fortification, the film is mainly a nice showcase for Gugino, plus a reminder that sports aren't an exclusive domain of just men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2011
[A] low budget, high-fructose but generally effective rouser...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 19, 2011
Let's be honest: The Mighty Macs isn't an especially good movie but it overflows with goodness, and that counts for something.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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