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  • Summary: This film is based on the true story of the unconventional efforts of the Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire, England to raise money for leukemia research.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. While each Yorkshire playmate-of-the-month warmly assesses her own undewy flesh, the movie gives off a happy vibe of appreciation -- for the dignity of the real Rylstone lot, the actresses who play them so lovingly, and the simple, flower-bed borders of the story.
  2. The story hooks us because stars Helen Mirren and Julie Walters look as fetching in woolens and Wellingtons as they do in the altogether. But it reels us in because it is about people who for so long have paid lip service to making a difference that they are profoundly altered when they actually do.
  3. 75
    The film's appeal is universal, not just female, and, best of all, it's based on a true story.
  4. Both Mirren and Walters are successfully cast against type.
  5. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    The caliber of the cast, led by Mirren and Walters, elevates the material above movie-of-the-week level, and viewers can relish seeing these fine actresses play against type.
  6. Closer in texture and consistency to individually wrapped American cheese than good, tangy English cheddar. But even humble plastic-wrapped cheese has its virtues and so does this film.
  7. The actresses are terrific together, and it’s nice to see Helen Mirren smiling onscreen for a change. And although Calendar Girls is resolutely pleasant, the movie never really goes much beyond that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DrJ.
    Oct 28, 2006
    A wonderful, insightful, delicate comedy which touches the heart and brings out the one thing we all hate to talk about...CANCER. Older women do have wonderful charm and to age with grace is a virtue. BRAVO to their courage. Expand

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