Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 27, 2011
    75
    Their story, as told by Pooley, also is a touching and quietly meaningful one, built around themes of tolerance, self-acceptance and unconditional love.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 19, 2011
    75
    Sometimes corny, often funny and just as often touching, their act has been wowing Kiwis for decades.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    May 19, 2011
    70
    Befitting her subjects, director Leanne Pooley maintains a joyful tone throughout.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 14, 2011
    70
    A documentary that has you falling in love with two of the crazier people you've never met.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 12, 2011
    70
    Merging old-fashioned comedy routines with up-to-the-minute politics - all of it enabled by fun-loving personalities and a gift for rousing original songs - the ladies emit a genuine warmth that reels audiences in.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    May 10, 2011
    70
    The beloved Kiwi duo, who frequently perform as a rotating cast of corny alter egos, can charm even the crankiest viewers, thanks to their soaring, clarion harmonies and cuddly-butch personas.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    A fond, uncomplicated love letter to two irrepressible good-time Charlottes.
  8. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    May 13, 2011
    60
    A conventional portrait of an endearingly unconventional sister act-with roots in music halls and the dairy farm on which they were raised (and became expert yodelers)-The Topp Twins is a piece of hagiography.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    May 13, 2011
    60
    An entertaining concert film, but not an incisive character study.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 10, 2011
    60
    Director Leanne Pooley's documentary on the sisters and their "anarchist variety act" is definitely a formulaic bit of portraiture, but given its engaging, pioneering subjects, gimmickry is hardly needed to spice things up.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 13, 2011
    38
    Their '50s-style comedy mugging not only don't come across to Americans, it's hard to believe even New Zealanders would care.

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