Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Where The Iron Ladies makes its mark, and holds our interest, is in the way it integrates old-fashioned "low" comedy with social observation.
  2. The movie has enough color and spirit to make lively viewing.
  3. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    Queeny, corny and impossible to resist.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The same underdog formulas and sunny disposition that turned it into an unexpected Thai box-office hit should win it friends here, too.
  5. It is high-energy entertainment that is also silly and sentimental and so over-the-top as to become wearying at times. But that it is also funny and good-natured ends up counting more.
  6. 67
    A satisfying Cinderella story in which its outcast crew finally get their glass slippers, if not handsome princes. In the greatest of storytelling traditions, it is a true fairy tale with a happy ending.
  7. It's still too shrill and silly to take seriously, but the high spirits and naïve message of tolerance and pride is oddly, innocently winning.
  8. High spirits and colorful hissy fits go a long way toward masking the inexperience of this cast of mostly nonprofessionals. It's a charmer.
  9. A goofy sports inspirational.
  10. 60
    It's a frequently funny diversion that doesn't have a mean-spirited bone in its body.
  11. 50
    That the movie is fun is undeniable. That it is bad is inarguable.
  12. 50
    A formulaic and didactic but good-hearted and sometimes amusing underdog sports yarn and plea for social acceptance.
  13. 50
    We get a bunch of straight actors focusing on the "gayness" of their characters, mincing and lisping and melodramatically breaking nails, all in the besmirched name of tolerance.
  14. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Its screaming-queen stereotypes will look pretty retro in most Western markets, even if an earnest pro-tolerance message disarms potential offense.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Peranson
    50
    Two interesting asides: the director and most of the cast aren't gay, and the film is based on a true story from 1996 -- the real Iron Ladies are shown, too briefly, during the closing credits.
  16. As flimsy and manipulative as the shallowest Hollywood fantasy.
  17. 25
    Skip it, and rent "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" instead.
  18. 20
    A surprise hit in Thailand, the film is nonetheless a reductive mess.

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