Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jul 11, 2013
    This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint — and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 12, 2013
    In critical ways, the movie is a mess. The basketball scenes are so sloppy and haphazard that the would-be slapstick registers as confusion. But away from the court, the actors bring their caricatures to folksy comic life.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 11, 2013
    Lifetime movies have their pleasures, and so does this film. Chief among them is the cast, a group of over-45 actresses who really are better than ever; in the cases of Brooke Shields and Daryl Hannah, remarkably better.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 11, 2013
    The problem is the script, which, in scene after scene, contains no surprises.
  5. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Jul 10, 2013
    Seidelman's attempts to provide positive, alternative representations of marginalized people and problems is overly ambitious.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 10, 2013
    Early in The Hot Flashes, Brooke Shields is seen reading Menopause For Dummies, and it doesn’t take long to realize that’s precisely what you’re watching.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 11, 2013
    What could have been an empowering and amusing riff on the typically male underdog genre is mostly charmless.
  8. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 9, 2013
    The raunchy, feminist-revenge jokes are the best part of this feel-good, you-go-ladies sports comedy.
  9. 38
    Hot Flashes don’t generate much heat — comical or otherwise. A pity, since that rare menopause comedy is a terrible thing to waste.
  10. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 11, 2013
    Now that the filmmaker has reached a certain age, she no longer seems to have her finger on her generation’s pulse. Case in point: The Hot Flashes, a ribald comedy whose menopause-referencing title is all too indicative of its pandering humor.
  11. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 11, 2013
    Even though it earns an R rating for profanity and some risque material, it’s too meek and mild-mannered to qualify as brave, or even slyly subversive.
  12. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jul 11, 2013
    Under the direction of Susan Seidelman—who first focused on a lost woman with identity issues in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan—the leads in The Hot Flashes come across as one-dimensional, pseudo-feminist clichés whose conversations seem contrived and whose jokes land with the thud of airballs clunking on hardwood.

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