Crazy Love Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
September 22, 2007
As with all banner-head stories, there comes a point when you tire of being screamed at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 22, 2007
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 22, 2007
It's too easy to feel superior to these two people and their marriage in hell for the sake of some easy (or even uneasy) laughter.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 22, 2007
Far too readily tends to play this pathetic story for laughs.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 22, 2007
A Bronx tale full of jaw-dropping behavior and jaw-dropping hairdos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 5, 2007
Particularly because many viewers have already seen the TV-news version, almost any other genre would have been even more compelling -- a fictionalized drama, perhaps, or Truman Capote-style narrative non-fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2007
You can't make this stuff up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
It's an amazing story.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 15, 2007
... the equivalent of a gripping page turner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2007
... though Crazy Love remains a far cry from heartening, it is more amusing than disturbing, especially given the cranky yet symbiotic couple of today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2007
Crazy is the word for it, and if writer-director Dan Klores seems a bit too sympathetic at times, he still lays out a twisted story of obsession that ends in well-maintained mutual madness.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 15, 2007
... Crazy Love is something less than artful, while being completely compelling in its attempt to comprehend the incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 15, 2007
Dan Klores' crazy relationship doc Crazy Love takes a tale tailor-made for sensationalist treatment and sculpts it into a riveting three-act drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2007
Dan Klores's astonishing film is about a subject so bizarre it could only work as a documentary -- as a drama, it would be dismissed as being too far-fetched.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 8, 2007
Simultaneously disturbing and luridly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2007
Among the weirdest explorations of connubial relationships since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And like Edward Albee's 1962 play, it leaves one feeling queasy about human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2007
You could not make this stuff up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 8, 2007
I could tell you all the surprises that make the loopy documentary Crazy Love such an odd treat, but then I'd be undermining the whole point of telling you to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2007
Crazy Love seems to promise a demented, true-life film noir love story and winds up delivering an above-average A&E documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 8, 2007
Crazy Love scrapes away the cartoon exterior around this story and peers into the unknowable murk of the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 7, 2007
There's plenty of black comedy in their twisted affair, but a more substantial documentary wouldn't leave you smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 7, 2007
Interviews with Burt and Linda Pugach, the New York couple whose tabloid lives are chronicled in Dan Klores' docu-curio Crazy Love, have been politely nonjudgmental. After seeing the movie, I'd like to say I hate one and pity the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2007
Some stories are so weird they could only be true.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2007
Jaw-dropping true crime, this video documentary by Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens balances neatly between tabloid headlines and unfathomable intimacy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2007
A documentary about a mad love affair, a movie that's about as compulsively watchable as a great tabloid headline story is compulsively readable -- and also a lot more rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 7, 2007
In the sense that everyone is interesting once their lives are sufficiently unpacked, Burt and Linda's story is not boring -- but beyond its tabloid sensationalism, it's not especially significant either.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 7, 2007
You can make of it what you want. [Director] Klores offers no cheap psycho-babble.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 4, 2007
The fascinating documentary Crazy Love is a real-world story in which possessiveness, stupidity, loyalty, and need are joined together in bewildering combinations.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 1, 2007
Driven by interviews with the couple and their friends, it's unavoidably a talking-heads film, but home movies help to fill out their story, and so do their appearances on several famous talk shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 1, 2007
This astounding saga, which is told strictly in chronological order with lots of well-chosen film clips and photographs, is recounted mostly by the now elderly Pugach and Riss themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 1, 2007
When your subjects are raconteurs on the level of Burt and Linda Pugach, you could train a Fisher-Price toy camera on them and let the movie make itself.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 1, 2007
Crazy Love uses archival footage and fresh interviews to get at the dark heart of a passion that spanned half a century. How? Damned if I know. But I couldn't stop watching.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 31, 2007
Formally, [director Klores'] film is a standard-issue documentary, combining period footage with talking-head interviews. But his talking heads are a hoot and their story is a Gothic yarn of obsession, crime and forgiveness.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 31, 2007
Like any good documentarian (and unlike most publicists), Klores lets us draw our own conclusions. With a tone free of outrage or judgment, he tells the story of Pugach, a successful young lawyer, and Riss, a hottie with a taste for the good life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2007
It's a freak show of a fairy tale, rendered by a filmmaker who knows how to pierce tabloid reality right in its anguished, bloody heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
May 29, 2007
That there's enough 'plot' in this bona fide melodrama to fill a dozen docs is conducive to the movie's near-total evasion of outside perspective.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 29, 2007
The movie distills every functionally dysfunctional relationship you've ever had into one horrific case study.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2007
Narrowly focused, poorly paced documentary lacks a narrative thrust that could have made for a more compelling film.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 24, 2007
The sheer fascinating strangeness of the people documented could earn the pic a minor cult following.