The Mighty Macs Reviews

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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2011
Sports movies live and die by what takes place on the court or in the field, and this one feels rather rote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 20, 2011
"The Mighty Macs'' sticks so closely to the underdog-sports-movie playbook that it's practically generic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 20, 2011
Stop me if you've heard this one: A hapless, obscure underdog team overcomes countless disadvantages to become undisputed champions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 20, 2011
Formulas work if you know how to work them, but writer-director Tim Chambers, making his theatrical debut, only gets the beats right part of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2011
There is nothing to complain about except the film's deadening predictability and the bland, shallow characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 18, 2011
A saga whose clichéd corniness (marriage isn't everything! athletics save the school!) would be practically sinful if not for the mighty Gugino...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
The Mighty Macs appears to have been made on a budget equivalent to the cost of a WNBA fleece hoodie.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 18, 2011
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.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
October 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4