Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 20, 2011
    70
    Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist. The Mighty Macs, based on the national championship run of the 1972 women's basketball team at Immaculata College near Philadelphia, is such a film: lots of button pushing, but in the end you're glad you saw it.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Family-friendly and abounding in uplift, The Mighty Macs is an undemandingly pleasant indie drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 19, 2011
    67
    It's a nice movie, and can certainly be inspirational for the proper audiences.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 21, 2011
    63
    This true story fills a needed niche, spotlighting women's basketball in the era before Title IX promoted equal treatment.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Oct 20, 2011
    63
    One wishes that Chambers had more gracefully integrated the stories of the individual players into this celebration of Rush.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 20, 2011
    63
    The film doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a story of one woman overcoming low expectations. Gugino and Burstyn and the young performers playing the young players do likewise.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 16, 2011
    63
    This tiny Catholic school for women dominated the sport at a turning point in history, and this plucky, old-fashioned sports drama sets the scene and tells the tale with a lot of heart and a dash of wit.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Carla Gugino has yet to find the right movie that clicks with her spunky outsider appeal, but The Mighty Macs, a gauzy, inspiring true-life drama about a girls' basketball team, at least gets her close and provides a lot of assists.
  9. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Oct 22, 2011
    50
    The movie does say a lot about female athletes and the changing role of women in American society, but in aggressively pursuing the formula, writer-director-producer Tim Chambers is prone to exaggeration and a moralizing tone.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 21, 2011
    50
    Everything plays out exactly as you'd expect in a cheerful, well-meaning movie in the style of something made for the Disney channel.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 20, 2011
    50
    Mighty Macs further distinguishes itself by, for once, giving a fair shake to nuns, who are treated with respect both in the performance of Ellen Burstyn, as the mother superior, and of Marley Shelton, who plays the assistant coach. It's about time.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 20, 2011
    50
    The Mighty Macs sticks so closely to the underdog-sports-movie playbook that it's practically generic.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 19, 2011
    50
    There is nothing to complain about except the film's deadening predictability and the bland, shallow characters.
  14. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 19, 2011
    50
    Carla Gugino, however, energizes the film with every step of her self-assured stride. She genuinely manages to create a dimensional character who is fulsomely inspirational – and as I said at the outset, that's not too shabby an accomplishment when it comes to the world of women and sports movies.
  15. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Oct 19, 2011
    42
    There must have been a reason why the real-life Rush could do so much with seemingly so little, but The Mighty Macs never captures it. It lets canned inspiration provide the uplift, instead of something more tangible.
  16. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    Appears to have been made on a budget equivalent to the cost of a WNBA fleece hoodie. But even at that price, the first feature by Tim Chambers is profligate with sports-movie clichés.
  17. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    It's a saga whose clichéd corniness would be practically sinful if not for the mighty Gugino, who almost counteracts the material's pap with megawatt charm and steel-tough resolve - exemplified by a low-angled intro shot of the poised, strutting, tight-sweater-sexy actress.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Oct 20, 2011
    38
    It all amounts to a missed opportunity considering how many female athletes and sports fans would probably flock to the first film that targets their demographic since "A League of Their Own" nearly 20 years ago. The people behind The Mighty Macs could learn a lot from that film, especially that following formula is fine, as long as you don't skimp on the details that complete the portrait.
  19. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 17, 2011
    12
    The Mighty Macs is a film from another planet, where stories are told, obliviously, in cryptic, nonsensical code, and people talk to each other in sugarplum proverbs no earthbound adult would ever inflict on another, not even on the set of a Hallmark Original Movie.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    A mesmerising and heartwarming film from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie! I was completely captivated by the story.

    Great
    A mesmerising and heartwarming film from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie! I was completely captivated by the story.

    Great movie. Touching story. Fantastic acting. joy to watch. Must see for movie lovers.
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  2. Oct 25, 2011
    10
    This movie was awesome!! i could watch this a thousand times. I never thought that i would be promoting the WNBA but this movie had it allThis movie was awesome!! i could watch this a thousand times. I never thought that i would be promoting the WNBA but this movie had it all and i would recommend for anyone that want to watch a quality movie. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2011
    7
    I went into this movie looking forward to just the popcorn and previews alone but left surprised and energized, not because it was the weekendI went into this movie looking forward to just the popcorn and previews alone but left surprised and energized, not because it was the weekend and had a few days off but because the story was inspirational and enjoyable. Although most of the basketball team required some young actresses, the main actors delivered their roles more than adequately and the movie over all came together nicely for it's genre. Full Review »