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Made in Dagenham Reviews

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 1, 2011
It's a nice breather indeed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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-
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 23, 2010
[A] condescending exercise in you-go-girl uplift
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 16, 2010
Exuberant and inspirational, it's stikingly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 8, 2010
Awfully difficult to praise in any respect other than acting and costuming, though it's perfectly likable and pleasant and all that.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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