Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
[It's] given such old-fashioned, kid-gloves treatment that its potential warmth and excitement caves under the weight of writer-producer-director Tim Chambers' good intentions.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sports movies live and die by what takes place on the court or in the field, and this one feels rather rote.
It's sure not new, but somehow it never gets old.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
"The Mighty Macs'' sticks so closely to the underdog-sports-movie playbook that it's practically generic.
Stop me if you've heard this one: A hapless, obscure underdog team overcomes countless disadvantages to become undisputed champions.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[A] low budget, high-fructose but generally effective rouser...
There is nothing to complain about except the film's deadening predictability and the bland, shallow characters.
A saga whose clichéd corniness (marriage isn't everything! athletics save the school!) would be practically sinful if not for the mighty Gugino...
| Original Score: 2/5
The Mighty Macs appears to have been made on a budget equivalent to the cost of a WNBA fleece hoodie.
Writer-director Tim Chambers does little to generate suspense, and appears determined to immediately defuse any situation that even hints at the possibility of unpleasantness.
Too bad it's simply not that good, wobbling up on its way to the backboard and rolling on the rim before eventually making its point when what we were hoping for was a slam dunk.
This tiny Catholic school for women dominated the sport at a turning point in history, and this plucky, old-fashioned sports drama sets the scene and tells the tale with a lot of heart and a dash of wit.