Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Una LaMarche
    Nov 16, 2010
    100
    Made in Dagenham is a retro romp with heart, smarts, soul and wit that will restore your faith in the power of the picket line.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 23, 2010
    88
    The unexpected thing about Made in Dagenham is how entertaining it is.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 19, 2010
    88
    Sally Hawkins is the heart and soul of Made in Dagenham, but another actress to watch for is the equally wonderful Rosamund Pike. She steals every scene she's in as the sympathetic wife of Rita's sexist boss (Rupert Graves).
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 12, 2011
    83
    When she's (Hawkins) on camera, I'd swear the screen bends into a smile.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 16, 2010
    80
    Sally Hawkins cruises into her new movie the same way she did her breakthrough, "Happy-Go-Lucky."
  6. 80
    It's hard to do justice to Hawkins's acting, because you never actually see it: Her Rita simply is.
  7. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jan 12, 2011
    75
    Gamely depicts an interesting bit of history, but its real message is a matter of principle.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 12, 2011
    75
    One of the most entertaining history lessons you could ever hope to sit through.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 30, 2010
    75
    Even with a large cast, groovy clothes and cool pop songs, Hawkins holds our attention with a combination of modesty and moral strength.
  10. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Dec 25, 2010
    75
    To the extent that this mostly sunny excursion succeeds, it's due to the irrepressible Hawkins.
  11. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Nov 27, 2010
    75
    This time out, with a few exceptions, the inspiration feels solid and earned, not saccharine and contrived.
  12. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Nov 24, 2010
    75
    It's still a spirited look - well written, beautifully acted, full of uplift - at lovably cheeky heroines on the march for a little respect.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 18, 2010
    75
    Sally Hawkins is just plain irresistible in this funny, touching and vital salute to women in the work force.
  14. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 20, 2010
    70
    Engrossing and inspiring, despite being the kind of movie in which one of the first words you hear is cheeky.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 19, 2010
    70
    A slow, solid movie that, like Rita, sneaks up on you with its intelligence and pluck.
  16. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 18, 2010
    70
    Hawkins' performance as "Dagenham's" unassuming heroine, an amalgam of several key figures who stepped up back in the day, is first-rate and already generating some Oscar talk.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 18, 2010
    70
    The film, while unfailingly entertaining, feels a little small for its subject.
  18. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 18, 2010
    70
    Too often the story feels like it's being mined for recycled beats.
  19. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Nov 15, 2010
    70
    The real-life tale of a group of female machinists who took on the Ford Motor Co. in England and earned equal pay for women gets a rousing and entertaining telling in Nigel Cole's crowd-pleasing Made in Dagenham.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 20, 2010
    67
    I would rather have seen a documentary about the real women instead of this workmanlike dramatic rendition.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 17, 2010
    63
    Made in Dagenham is a useful lesson in history and a reminder that we yet have a distance to travel to attain the goal, but the narrative is dry, safe, and predictable and, as a result, not fully satisfying.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 23, 2010
    63
    The movie moves, but it doesn't breathe.
  23. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 18, 2010
    60
    Uplifting it may be, but to swallow it whole is to believe in happily ever after.
  24. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Nov 16, 2010
    60
    Though nothing here is as rousing as "The Pajama Game's" raise-baiting "Seven and a Half Cents," the always-welcome Miranda Richardson steals the film in a small role as Barbara Castle, Labour P.M.
  25. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    Nov 15, 2010
    60
    While the political grit behind the saga is somewhat sidelined, this is a fun watch enhanced by its stellar British cast.
  26. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Nov 18, 2010
    58
    Make no mistake. In spite of its worthy subject matter and good intentions, Made In Dagenham remains mediocre to the core.
  27. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    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."
  28. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Nov 24, 2010
    50
    Director Nigel Cole is best known for "Calendar Girls" (2003), another condescending exercise in you-go-girl uplift.
  29. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 18, 2010
    50
    Plays like "Norma Rae" on blood thinners. The movie is by no means bloodless; every once in a while a stirring scene comes along, though it's seldom a scene labeled as stirring by William Ivory's formulaic script and Nigel Cole's insistent direction.
  30. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 18, 2010
    50
    Made in Dagenham offers girl power in a can, lightly seasoned with swinging London and topped with cute-clumsy Sally Hawkins charming us to pieces. But the real women of Dagenham deserve better, and so do their sisters in the audience.
  31. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 17, 2010
    50
    Waving a dubious flag of feminist inclusivity, Cole and screenwriter William Ivory turn cartwheels insisting that girl power, even in the 1960s, trumped class divisions.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 6, 2012
    8
    Sally Hawkins
  2. Mar 13, 2011
    9
    I grew up close to the Ford plant in Dagenham that dominated the local economy. So I probably have a vested interest in loving this film. Actress Sally Hawkins is superb in the lead role as a young woman from a council estate who is tired of injustice and inequality and ends up leading her work mates out on a strike that had a profound global impact.
    This is revolutionary history and it all started with a couple of hundred women that changed the world. I couldn't believe how often it provoked tears in me (I'm a man by the way). I found it thoroughly engaging and entertaining and it even has a great soundtrack. Probably the most entertaining "political" film I've ever seen.
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  3. Feb 8, 2011
    7
    I like well-made historical films, and I think this is one. It is based on the strike at the Ford Motor plant in Dagenham, England, in which women in the plant striked for "equal pay for equal work." Although somewhat predictable, and a little hard to understand the English accents at times, I think it is definitely worth seeing. The acting is uniformly good, imo, and so is the story. Full Review »