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The Mighty Macs (2011)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 27

Its heart is obviously in the right place, but The Mighty Macs is too blandly formulaic to transcend the genre's many clichés.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 11

Its heart is obviously in the right place, but The Mighty Macs is too blandly formulaic to transcend the genre's many clichés.



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The Mighty Macs is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women's basketball. This team of pioneers went from barely making that inaugural tournament to the first dynasty in their game. And Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino, the woman that was ahead of her time, became immortalized when she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. -- (C) Quaker Media


Drama, Action & Adventure

Tim Chambers

Feb 21, 2012


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Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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[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.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Sports movies live and die by what takes place on the court or in the field, and this one feels rather rote.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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There's a nice inspirational message for young girls in this movie, and boy does this movie hit it hard.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin


January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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...a well-intentioned and consistently earnest endeavor that is, unfortunately, completely underwhelming almost from start to finish...

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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If you're a sucker for underdog stories and love rooting for a ragtag bunch that takes the nation by surprise, you'll find that "The Mighty Macs" delivers the same emotional payoff as "Hoosiers."

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

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.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

It's a shame that a movie that should have been a slam dunk feels more like a missed shot from the free throw line.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

This distaff basketball tale dribbles away any chance for excitement through a mountainous accumulation of blinding clichés.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

October 23, 2011 Full Review Source:

Feminism, b-ball, and nuns. Hail Mary, full-court press.

October 22, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comment (1)
East Bay Express

The filmmakers may as well have taken the screenplay of Hoosiers and just made a few edits, changing the decade from the '50s to the '70s and the male characters into women.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Patch

has a gentle sweetness that is never cloying, never condescending. Instead there is an exuberance that is heart-warming -- the point of the exercise

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

'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)

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Sweetly old-fashioned … nice and well-intentioned, but on the other hand the Macs deserve better than a nice, well-intentioned movie.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

It's Hoosiers in high heels with a splash of holy water. It's hard not to get sucked into the underdog story

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Trite and derivative.
March 11, 2012
jay nixon

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Nice sports movie. Typical "root for the underdog" type, but well done. I have always liked Ellen Burstyn. She seems to really know how to pick decent movies to be in...this one is no exception.
March 6, 2012

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