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The Mighty Macs Reviews

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Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
October 21, 2011
Few clichés are left untapped, including a cast of actresses playing nuns who seem to be hoping they've wandered into a Sister Act sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 20, 2011
Tame girls' basketball tale is sentimental but inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 20, 2011
We know this kind of material can work, but The Mighty Macs seems to toil to ensure that it does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
October 20, 2011
The context and an excellent cast gives this more heft than the typical based-on-a-true-story saga of the underdog team that became national champions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 20, 2011
...all a bit too nice...but the competition on the court is genuinely fierce and the all around sense of sisterhood is solid.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 20, 2011
It is no accident that "The Mighty Macs" sounds a lot like "The Mighty Ducks." It's basically an adult, female "Ducks."
| 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
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
October 20, 2011
Instead of breaking new ground, "The Mighty Macs" revels in clichés, made apparent by the musical score of swelling strings, forcing unearned emotional resonance that the movie can't organically create.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 20, 2011
So few are the inspirational sports movies for girls that this formulaic drama about an underdog basketball team that beats the odds to win the national collegiate championship can be forgiven any sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Screen International
October 20, 2011
Achingly familiar and evincing little ambition to stretch beyond its comfortably prescribed parameters of feel-good fortification, the film is mainly a nice showcase for Gugino, plus a reminder that sports aren't an exclusive domain of just men.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
October 20, 2011
Trying desperately to be a 'Stand up and cheer' movie, the film's reactions will more commonly be, 'Stand up and walk calmly out of the theater.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 20, 2011
It's not that the film is about a story from 40 years ago; it's that it often looks and feels like it was made 40 years ago instead.
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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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