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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Charming family story. show more

  • 38
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    After 45 minutes of incomparable boredom, the movie gets slightly better when it stops reaching for cheap yuks and lets the actors do what they do well. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It evokes the atmosphere of a Sergio Leone Western, sneaking up under the movie's human comedy and adding a smile. show more

  • 63
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    Meadows clearly has a flair for working with actors and for depicting the rough-and-tumble of ordinary provincial lives. If he could go just a bit deeper, the truly great Midlands movie just might surface. show more

  • 63
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Just Brit filmmaker Shane Meadows having some fun with the conventions of the spaghetti western. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Pure bangers-and-mash realism: a spotty yet ingratiating working-class farce that suggests a Mike Leigh movie with opera buffa tendencies. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The film's best players can all be found in the supporting cast. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Midlands finds some measure of success in its use of regular, real-looking people -- as opposed to the oddly glamorous characters who turn up in most romantic comedies -- but it's as though the writer used up all the personality traits before he got to Shirley. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The complications are predictable, as is the resolution; what keeps the film from sinking into its own inconsequentiality is the throaty-voiced Henderson, who can make the most preposterous behavior ring absolutely true. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    In the end, Meadows' film lacks the bite it needs to make us care about this oddball trio, endearing though they are. show more

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