• PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Antonio Banderas
    In Theaters:
    Oct 22, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 28, 2000
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Crazy in Alabama Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

With its sluggish pace and awkward continuity, 'Crazy in Alabama' emerged as one of the most disappointing films released in 1999.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 22, 2013
Michael Dequina

OK, Antonio, you love your wife, but that doesn't mean you have to cast her.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2010
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Banderas' direction is as unstable as an isotope on Three Mile Island.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

May 30, 2003

Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Banderas fills his movie with lots of overbearingly stylized imagery. The results are something like a big-budget student film.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Elfrieda Abbe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Connecting Lucille's actions with the boy's in a way that makes sense is a challenge that first-time director Antonio Banderas and screenwriter Mark Childress fail to meet.

January 1, 2000

Houston Chronicle
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Despite some rough intertwining, Crazy is an impressive directing debut from Banderas.

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January 1, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Because the civil rights sections are somber and serious and the Lucille sections exaggerated and giddy, Crazy in Alabama never finds any cohesive tone.

January 1, 2000
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Unusual for a movie directed by an actor, a lot of the supporting performances in Crazy in Alabama are downright bad.

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A cinematic hash of stale ingredients.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Ron Dicker
San Francisco Examiner

There are a lot of movies struggling to get out of Crazy in Alabama, and most of them are bad.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's troubling to watch it stray and ramble as first-time director Antonio Banderas struggles to pull disparate elements together.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

The film is all over the board and never demonstrates a dominant personality to lead the viewer through the story.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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When it comes to pacing, Banderas is hopeless.

January 1, 2000
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

[Rod Steiger] is the only man I know who can overact while his character is asleep.

January 1, 2000
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Of course, it's probably foolhardy to expect logic or realism from a movie with the word 'crazy' in the title.

January 1, 2000
George Meyer
Orlando Weekly

Melanie Griffith's presence causing the upbeat portion of Mark Childress' story to drag its feet, the movie tips out of kilter.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

January 1, 2000
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Crazy in Alabama ends up in a state of confusions.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 1, 2000
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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A key problem is that the Lucille storyline just doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Crazy in Alabama needs to have been unified by a strong vision and style, and a shrewd, distinctive sense of humor.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The movie flounders in the final reels, as a series of overextended courtroom scenes threaten to spell out every message Banderas and Childress have already underlined.

January 1, 2000
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