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Crazy/ Beautiful

Crazy/ Beautiful (2001)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 37

The story is not new, but the film gets credit for trying to move away from the genre's cliches. Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez give believable performances.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 12

The story is not new, but the film gets credit for trying to move away from the genre's cliches. Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez give believable performances.



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The Romeo and Juliet story has been modernized to a high school setting previously, but this romance from director John Stockwell turns the tale inside out. Jay Hernandez stars as Carlos Nunez, a poor but athletically gifted Latino teenager who endures a two-hour bus ride every day from East L.A. to attend the posh, wealthy Pacific Palisades High School in Los Angeles on a football scholarship. A straight-A student, Carlos is focused and driven, but his future is cast in doubt when he becomes


Drama, Romance

Nov 13, 2001


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (37) | DVD (15)

As overproduced as a Super Bowl soft-drink commercial, so much so that even its potentially insightful moments seem like movie fakery.

July 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Dunst, in her finest performance yet, has now transcended her fellow teen stars.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The movie is so predictable, it's not surprising that the script is credited to first-timers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and the direction to John Stockwell, a former acting peer to Tom Cruise.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Sure, the Romeo-and-Juliet thing has been done before, but director John Stockwell pulls it off with his two promising leads.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Even when the movie is bad -- which it is in its abrupt, mismanaged, final-act attempt to cram in moments of forgiveness and clarity -- it's addictively so.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Evokes the romantic infatuation of young love with a painful accuracy.

June 29, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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There is nothing new in this teen fantasy.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This movie is godawful. Simply godawful.

January 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

Has a typical, write-by-the-numbers plot, about as predictable as they come and almost that interesting.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The effect is a much more engrossing experience than we have come to expect from teen movies.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The movie's dramatic moments come from dialogue not actions, and much of the time viewers are left on their own to fill in the words that remain unspoken.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

...these kids talk like real kids, not like Hollywood's version of precocious, advanced adolescence...

July 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi took a kind of hackneyed idea and made it, along with director John Stockwell, into something really odd and unpredictable

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

A surprisingly intelligent and effective movie.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Dunst is so luminescent that it's impossible not to feel for her character every step of the way.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Once again, Kisrten Dunst saves a film just with her presence.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

[Dunst's] intelligent, complex performance makes Nicole a charming, frustrating, pathetic, and ballsy protagonist worthy of screen time.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

The arc of their romance ... has nothing in the way of surprises or quirks to lift it out of the ordinary.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's a pleasant warm-weather diversion for the mall crowd.

August 2, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

"so bland it makes Pablum seem like hot curry"

July 31, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

This could be ho-hum in the extreme were it not for its star and the visual snap director John Stockwell brings to it.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This film is a true drama with well-drawn characters and a fairly intelligent script.

July 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Zen masters can see and appreciate the beauty in a cracked, bumpy, and uneven pot....Carlos is a Zen master in the making whose love enables him to see Nicole's inner beauty.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

With its realistic depiction of teen angst, crazy/beautiful will break your heart without ever attempting to manipulate it.

July 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The most striking instance of growing up on display is that of the contemporary teen film.

July 5, 2001 Full Review Source:

crazy/beautiful is essentially about understanding that people with mental health issues are absolutely worthy of love.

July 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Audience Reviews for Crazy/ Beautiful

Kirsten Dunst were so different and so young in this movie. The story is pretty much very ordinary. However, the directing and acting was great. It also leave out the racial differences between the couple. Touching movie about how a girl wanted to be loved and accepted in her environment, especially family wise. Romance movie that is realistic and also touches the family part, where in many romantic movies it haven't seen as an important matter.
January 21, 2011

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I love this movie. Had not seen it in a few years, but like it just as much now as I did the first time I watched it. Definitely a very different role for Kirsten Durst at the time. (Not including Virgin Suicides - but still in that she was the glamourous and pretty girl). She is very played down through most of it, with greasy hair and no make up, as she plays a troubled, suicidal teen. Still attractive, of course, but there is a flatness to her (deliberately), that she does not normally have. At heart this is just a nice film about acceptance and being understood.
November 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

The directing is very impressive but the story is not. The characters are 2-dimensional and sub plots pass in and out of this film for no apparent reason. Story-wise it?s a mess, visually its stunning. Typical John Stockwell film then eh!
September 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

Well-constructed and credibly played characters fuel this high-school romance, which involves a scholastically dedicated Latino guy who loses his academic focus after falling in love with the deeply troubled WASP daughter of a wealthy congressman. The fairy-tale conclusion is a bit too pat, but two leads generate a lot of goodwill along the way.
June 19, 2007
Dean McKenna

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    1. Nicole Oakley: You can be anywhere when your life begins. When the future opens up in front of you. And you may not even realize it at first, but it's already happening.
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