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Made in Dagenham Reviews

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January 7, 2011
A spirited look -- well written, beautifully acted, full of uplift -- at lovably cheeky heroines on the march for a little respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2011
Made in Dagenham does a good job of capturing the period. But too often it's simply put in service to the obvious, as heard in those uplifting choruses of "You Can Get It If You Really Want."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 5, 2011
It is intriguing to ponder what a bolder director, such as Michael Winterbottom or Ken Loach, might have made of the material, rather than the steady, unspectacular hand of Nigel Cole, who steered the cheeky Calendar Girls to gentle waters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 3, 2011
NORMA RAE actually makes you angry at the factory and its conditions, while MADE IN DAGENHAM just leaves you miffed. It is ever so much more delicate and reserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 1, 2011
It's a nice breather indeed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2010
A black-and-white affair in which the people seem less like human beings than characters playing out roles they've been assigned.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2010
It's an entertaining, humanist slice of social history scored with a soundtrack of upbeat late-'60s radio hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2010
The likable little British import "Made in Dagenham" delivers an overdue valentine to some unsung heroines of the people-power revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2010
A pretty predictable David-and-Goliath (or Diva-and-Goliath) tale, but it employs the rah-rah formula nicely enough to be appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 29, 2010
... an exceptionally strong cast and high production values overcome the script's occasional lapses into melodrama...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 29, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2010
While the story of these striking seat-cover seamstresses is well worth telling (and sadly still relevant, given the need for last year’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), screenwriter William Ivory and director Nigel Cole...do not tell it well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2010
Everything about "Made in Dagenham" is predictable. But thanks to Hawkins and the other women involved, it's entertaining as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 23, 2010
To the extent that this mostly sunny excursion succeeds, it's due to the irrepressible Hawkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2010
It's as much a piece of pop as the U.K. top 40 that comprises the soundtrack. It's the cast that puts it over.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 23, 2010
[A] condescending exercise in you-go-girl uplift
December 22, 2010
This was as wonderful time as I'd had in ages, and when it was over the only thing I really wanted to do was to ask the projectionist if they'd kindly be willing to run the thing again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2010
Despite a tremendous performance by Hawkins, I was never engaged by the struggle of these women. Their fight may have been historical in its impact, but there's little sense that the personal stakes are high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2010
The picture nails a few magnificent scenes of hesitation and fortitude, a gripping complexity that services the needs of the film and respects the amazing true-life story that inspired it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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