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Mad Love Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 10, 2003
A sumptuously-appointed account of the life of the 16th-century Spanish royal Joan of Castile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 10, 2003
Nothing more or less than an outright bodice-ripper -- it should have ditched the artsy pretensions and revelled in the entertaining shallows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 24, 2002
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2002
There's a little violence and lots of sex in a bid to hold our attention, but it grows monotonous after a while, as do Joan and Philip's repetitive arguments, schemes and treachery.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2002
Forget the Psychology 101 study of romantic obsession and just watch the procession of costumes in castles and this won't seem like such a bore.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 27, 2002
It's López de Ayala's show, and she's relentless in her energy and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
A bodice-ripper for intellectuals.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
September 19, 2002
Equal parts bodice-ripper and plodding costume drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 6, 2002
Ends up being mostly about ravishing costumes, eye-filling, wide-screen production design and Joan's wacky decision to stand by her man, no matter how many times he demonstrates that he's a disloyal satyr.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2002
A sexy, peculiar and always entertaining costume drama set in Renaissance Spain, and the fact that it's based on true events somehow makes it all the more compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 6, 2002
The gifted and lovely Ms. López de Ayala makes Joan both an imperious queen and a passionate creature of desire.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 6, 2002
Like an Afterschool Special with costumes by Gianni Versace, Mad Love looks better than it feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 30, 2002
Overwrought, melodramatic bodice-ripper.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 29, 2002
An often watchable, though goofy and lurid, blast of a costume drama set in the late 15th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2002
If you're in the mood for impressive castles and sumptuous costumes, torch-lit processions and decorative nudity, this is the place to turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
August 29, 2002
De Ayala is required to supply too much of the energy in a film that is, overall, far too staid for its subject matter.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 27, 2002
Adroit but finally a trifle flat, Mad Love doesn't galvanize its outrage the way, say, Jane Campion might have done, but at least it possesses some.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 27, 2002
The trouble with making this queen a thoroughly modern maiden is that it also makes her appear foolish and shallow rather than, as was more likely, a victim of mental illness.