Swept Away (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Muddled and lacking the political context of the original, Swept Away offers further proof that Madonna can't act.


Movie Info

A spoiled rich woman goes on a yachting holiday with friends in the Mediterranean and gets entangled in an unlikely romance with a communist sailor.

Rating: R (for language and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Guy Ritchie, Lina Wertmüller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2003
Box Office: $0.6M
Runtime:
Screen Gems - Official Site

Cast


as Amber Leighton

as Giuseppe Esposito

as Tony Leighton

as Michael

as Captain

as Shop Assistant

as Tony's Assistant

as Rich Lady

as Crew Member

as Receptionist

as Burly Captain

as Burly Captain
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Critic Reviews for Swept Away

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (31)

The Vera Hruba Ralston of her time, Madonna has persisted in making movies despite all evidence that this is one medium in which no one wants to see or hear her.

Full Review… | November 4, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Both husband and wife seem to be in way over their heads.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Every bit the cinematic shipwreck you'd imagine it to be.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Associated Press
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If there is one thing worse than a Guy Ritchie movie, it's a Guy Ritchie movie with Madonna in it.

Full Review… | October 23, 2002
New York Observer
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I wouldn't wish the stupefying dialogue of "Swept Away" on any actress, but to watch Madonna flounder through it is more punishment than I can bear.

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
Salon.com
Top Critic

A better title, for all concerned, might be Swept Under the Rug.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Swept Away

The only reason some people tolerate the explosive diarrhea that is this film is because Madonna stars in it, Guy Ritchie directs, and there's eroticism, dubbed as steamy but in reality is soft core porn. Besides the fact that this "love story" is that of a love-hate affair, it also serves as a sadomasochistic relationship built on the entrapment of the poor server and the rich socialite. The original 1974 Italian version of this film used this disgusting display of man overpowering woman, making her reliant on him as his slave, all in the name of serving as a comparison to Communism and the general consensus that the American way of life isn't the only way. I can get behind the travesty of the original for the sake of art, but this film was merely made so Madonna could show off her toned arms and Guy Ritchie could...ruin his career? I'm still fuzzy on why the director of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels took it upon himself to cast his then wife and a barely audible Italian man in a barely intelligible remake of an already shitty movie. Besides the fact that this film is in no way romantic, culturally relevant, or socially acceptable, the original source material is intercut with these strange dream sequences best described as the deleted parts of Madonna's later music videos. There's music, impressions, and some truly corny scenes between the stranded lovers. There's also no chemistry between them, Madonna's face scowling in the hot sun and Adriano Gianniani resembling a lost underwear model. Just, please, do not watch another example of our culture at its worst.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Again, like the original, I haven't decided whether I like the movie or not. I do think this version was a bit better though. The thing that gets me is that the plot/storyline is actually really good, but the way both crews brought the story to life kinda sucked. Interesting to say the least...

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Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

I was a little apprehensive of watching this DVD, obviously if the press and critics were to be believed it would be the worst film i'd ever see.

That title goes to 'From Hell', the worst east end accents i've ever heard, a film I could only watch for ten minutes.

I was expecting the worst and was pleasantly surprised with Swept Away. The actors are very good and very believable, the movie obviously totally different to anything Guy Ritchie has done before, but it was fascinating how he handled the change from gangster violence to the violence portrayed in this movie. At the same time it was interesting to see the relationship between the two leads devolop. As others have commented the ending was very emotional, and it would have been better if more time was given to the characters to explore their relationship.

But after watching the movie from beginning to end I found no moments that made me uncomfortable or even boring, I would highly recommend this movie.

If you don't want to take my word for it, watch it and judge for yourself...

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Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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