Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling
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Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling
A handful of pioneering women wrestlers look back at the wild and wooly days before "sports entertainment" was a multi-million-dollar business and female grapplers were regarded as a novelty (or worse, a freak show) in this documentary. Lipstick & Dynamite examines the history of women on the professional wrestling circuit (dating back to 1939) and focuses on eight female fighters, two of whom -- The Fabulous Moolah and The Great Mae Young -- are still involved in the fight game. Offering a perspective on the darker side of the wrestling circuit, including fixed matches, male… 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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