• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Bruce Beresford
    In Theaters:
    Dec 12, 1986 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 3, 2004
  • De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG)


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Crimes of the Heart Reviews

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
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As Spacek, Lange and Keaton clamor for attention, "Crimes of the Heart" becomes less a movie than a three-ring circus, and ringmaster Beresford does little to direct your gaze.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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[It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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It is excruciating: a combination of Beth Henley's insistently eccentric screenplay, Bruce Beresford's frenzied direction and the sight of three singular talents on an acting roller coaster with no one riding the brakes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 11, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A dismal affair that reeks of pretentious self-importance.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 11, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are moments when the movie doesn't seem to know where it's going, but for once that's a good thing because the uncertainty almost always ends with some kind of a delightful, weird surprise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Okay, the Oscar-winning actresses chew the scenery, but if you can't do that in a movie about crackpot Southerners, when can you?

| Original Score: 4/5

August 20, 2003
Scott Weinberg

A gleaming adaptation that features three wonderful performances.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

July 25, 2002
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Crimes of the Heart is a bittersweet comedy that is funny, inventive and affecting.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 3, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

superbly well acted

| Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2003
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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| Original Score: 4/5

July 7, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 9, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Better than you might think with a real feel for the south.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A wacky screwball dark southern comedy

| Original Score: 4/5

October 24, 2002
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Great work by all in a deliciously twisted comedy

| Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2003
Emanuel Levy

Using eccentric personalities situated in seemingly ordinary locales, Beresford's comedy is still too theatrical to qualify as cinema, but it's well acted by Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and particularly Sissy Spacek, as three Chekhovian sisters.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2006


The snappy dialogue comes thick and fast, while Spacek and Harper revel in turns that landed them both Oscar nominations.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
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