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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 98

Reese Witherspoon is charming enough, but the road to Alabama is well-traveled.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 23

Reese Witherspoon is charming enough, but the road to Alabama is well-traveled.



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New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But Melanie's past holds many secrets, including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past, only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl.


Drama, Romance, Comedy

C. Jay Cox

Feb 4, 2003


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All Critics (174) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (98) | DVD (29)

Would be an unendurable viewing experience for this ultra-provincial New Yorker if 26-year-old Reese Witherspoon were not on hand to inject her pure fantasy character, Melanie Carmichael, with a massive infusion of old-fashioned Hollywood magic.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's as preposterous and phony as a Confederate C-note, but Reese Witherspoon has so much natural beauty, talent and charm she guarantees more fun than the day the hogs ate Willie.

October 2, 2002
New York Observer
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Despite her relentless vim and winsome facial symmetry, Witherspoon is just too dialed-up to be America's Sweetheart.

October 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It is definitely worth seeing.

September 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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If you're a fan of Witherspoon, this movie was produced, shot, edited and distributed entirely for you.

September 27, 2002
Washington Post
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Physical charms are no match for the generic predictability of the story.

September 27, 2002
Washington Post
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Witherspoon's charm keeps this movie afloat.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A great date flick and a very charming, well acted movie...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Witherspoon is not immune to the bland and processed feel to this rote romantic comedy.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

...a sporadically amusing yet entirely ineffective romantic comedy that ultimately squanders an expectedly charismatic turn from star Reese Witherspoon.

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Watching Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama is like looking at a daisy floating in a toilet: She's the best thing in it, but you wonder what she's doing there.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Fun and sweet.

February 10, 2003 Full Review

Mediocre is too harsh a word-this film is merely average.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

...a well-intentioned but saccharine comedy... In fact, that's its problem. It doesn't do much of anything but meet our lowest expectations.

January 26, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Any resemblance to reality is strenuously avoided in a piece of fluff made watchable by Reese Witherspoon. The blonde cookie with a sweet heart and the most formidable Texan twang in Tinseltown is too good to be appearing in lazy formula films.

December 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Responsável direto pelo fracasso 'artístico' de Doce Lar, o roteirista C. Jay Cox não consegue sequer aproveitar os pouquíssimos momentos em que escapa da mediocridade.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Diversión asegurada, justo el tipo de cintas que se necesita de vez en cuando...

November 13, 2002

Very predictable but still entertaining

November 1, 2002

A romantic comedy, sans much of the comedy, this clunky Reese Witherspoon vehicle glows with the powerful allure of its shiny, irresistible young star but little else.

October 24, 2002

Starts out great, but runs out of gas near the end.

October 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's a safe bet that the gutsy Lynyrd Skynyrd, particularly the outspoken and now deceased singer Ronnie Van Zant, would not have approved.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Predictable mediocrity.

October 9, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

I'm glad I saw it!

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

If this is Witherspoon's idea of a good career move, someone get this woman a career counselor, pronto.

October 8, 2002
Billings Outpost (Montana)

Here is a movie that asks us to adore a miserable young woman who wrecks lives, treats people like discarded Biore strips and embodies the absolute worst side of metropolitan arrogance

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Sweet Home Alabama

Not kidding, I find this movie incredibly offensive.
February 25, 2012
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

This is one of my favourite romantic comedies and favourite Reese movie. Excellent rom com about a girl who gets engaged and then has to return to her roots to get divorced from her first husband. Reese is at her best. Good cast and plot.
December 25, 2011
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

For a romantic comedy, SWEET HOME ALABAMA was quite an enjoyable--but predictable--film. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, and Patrick Dempsey, it tells the tale of a northerner who meets a man and immediately falls in love. The problem is she's married to a "redneck" down in Alabama already, so she goes down south to divorce him. There, another problem arises: her husband refuses to sign the papers. It seemed in this film that there was no consistent plot, and it was always just problem after problem after problem coming up. Also, this is quite unoriginal, and it was intended as a comedy, but I didn't see much that was funny in it (or even really aimed at humor). In fact, I saw it more as a romantic drama than a "romcom". Either way, it was a chick flick, and even though I don't usually enjoy that type of film, I found it to be a cute movie, and it was somewhat worth seeing.
September 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Pearl Smooter: Your daddy... Lord, but I was a fool for that man. I couldn't even put one foot in front of the other. I just kept thinkin', "Oh, preacher, hurry up before he changes his mind!" Now that man makes me so crazy sometimes I could wring his neck!
    2. Melanie Carmichael: You still love him, though.
    3. Pearl Smooter: God knows I do. And only He knows why.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Wade: (breaking up Melanie and Jake's kiss in the rain) What the hell are you two tryin' to do... get yourselves killed?
    2. Melanie Carmichael: What seems to be the trouble, officer?
    3. Wade: I'm here to bring you in, young lady!
    4. Jake Perry: What did she do this time?
    5. Wade: Well, the way I hear it... seems like she run out on a perfectly good cake!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Bobby Ray: What's goin' on, Jake?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Melanie Carmichael: Can he swim?
    2. Jake Perry: Doesn't look like it?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Melanie Carmichael: I can't, I'm in Alabama.
    2. Tabatha: Oh my god.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 months ago)
    1. Stella Kay: You know, for someone who's been holdin' onto somethin' for so long, you're pretty quick to let it go.
    2. Jake Perry: I can't control her, any more than I can control the weather.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 months ago)
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