The Mighty Macs Reviews

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October 21, 2011
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
Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2011
"The Mighty Macs'' sticks so closely to the underdog-sports-movie playbook that it's practically generic.
October 20, 2011
Stop me if you've heard this one: A hapless, obscure underdog team overcomes countless disadvantages to become undisputed champions.
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.
October 20, 2011
[A] low budget, high-fructose but generally effective rouser...
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.
October 20, 2011
There is nothing to complain about except the film's deadening predictability and the bland, shallow characters.
October 18, 2011
A saga whose clichd corniness (marriage isn't everything! athletics save the school!) would be practically sinful if not for the mighty Gugino...
October 18, 2011
The Mighty Macs appears to have been made on a budget equivalent to the cost of a WNBA fleece hoodie.
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.
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.
October 17, 2011
Across the board, Tim Chambers seems ignorant of what he's delivering, from the arc of his story to his choice of shot.
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