Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling
Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This documentary on the early days of women's wrestling features an array of colorful, compelling personalities.

Malene Arpe
Toronto Star

Fails to deliver much in the way of engagement or thrills.

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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune

Don't expect the inside scoop so much as an unsatisfying slice of life.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Leitman gives these golden girls a voice -- that is the film's success. The failure is the narrative.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hugely entertaining.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a fun, and fascinating exploration in to the world of female wrestling...

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What we get is essentially the press-book version of their careers, which is harrowing enough.

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Bill Gibron

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
You have to love these ladies. Where are on earth did these lasses come from? How do you end up being a wrestler for goodness sakes? Touching and memorable.