Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling
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Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling
This chronicle shines a spotlight on the forgotten first ladies of the ring who traveled carnivals and sideshows of the 1940s. Gladys 'Killem' Gillem wrestled women, men, alligators and bears. At 18, Ida May Martinez took to the road to flash the only thing she knew -- how to kick, punch, and defend herself. Narrowly escaping date rape at 16, Penny Banner trained for survival. Still kicking butt at age 80, 'The Fabulous Moolah' and 'Johnnie Mae Young' live together with midget wrestler sidekick 'Diamond 'Lil' and continue to take bumps with World Wrestling… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Fails to deliver much in the way of engagement or thrills."
‑ Malene Arpe, Toronto Star
"Don't expect the inside scoop so much as an unsatisfying slice of life."
‑ Ellen Fox, Chicago Tribune
"This kitchy movie arrives as a quirky and funny footnote to "Million Dollar Baby," and dispels any notion that these brawny pin-up women were ever anything more or less than a batch of tough broads."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Lively and charged with a furious nostalgia..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"That octogenarians can be so full of antagonistic joie de vivre is one of the giddiest revelations of Leitman's film."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Leitman gives these golden girls a voice -- that is the film's success. The failure is the narrative."
‑ Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
"Hugely entertaining."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's a fun, and fascinating exploration in to the world of female wrestling..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Talk about being ahead of your time. Most of these women were living independently by the age of about 15, and took their place in a man's world through herculean effort."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Too shapeless...but the topic is worthy, and the onslaught of trivia and quirky anecdotes hold interest for the film's 75 minutes."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Leitman gives us a comprehensive array of pinup photos, news clips and wrestling footage from these women's younger years, and gives the women plenty of camera time to emerge as individuals and personalities."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"What we get is essentially the press-book version of their careers, which is harrowing enough."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There is a great film to be made about the grappling glamazons who helped blaze a trail that lead to legitimizing women's athletics. This is not that movie, however."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"The film dwells more upon the sensational aspects than the sport itself but it's impossible to deny the sheer tawdry entertainment value in this compelling film tabloid."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Never more than a collection of small stories that do not amount to much or rise above the level of a small soap opera"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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