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Sweet Home Alabama Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2002
Die-hard fans of Witherspoon and the romantic comedy genre will probably find enough to like in this film to make it worth a trip to the theater. Everyone else would be best served by spending their hard-earned money on something else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
September 27, 2002
The lyrics to the old Skynyrd song may say that, "I miss Alabamy once again/And I think it's a sin", but to miss this Alabamy would probably be a good idea.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2002
Melanie eventually slugs the Yankee. Too bad the former Murphy Brown doesn't pop Reese back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
November 26, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
September 26, 2002
I love Reese Witherspoon but hate cruel, dismissive disregard for nice characters. Warning-SPOILER ahead.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 25, 2002
Overly eager-to-please pic is as formulaic as any sitcom and is the first film to feature rising star Reese Witherspoon in an unintentionally unflattering light.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2002
Witherspoon has charmed her way through weak material before, but she's too inexperienced to save the character from director Andy Tennant, whose main achievement here is to turn his star's natural twinkling menace into malice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 24, 2002
Excruciatingly ordinary and unimaginative, and excruciatingly slow about spinning out its paltry little story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 7, 2002
Witherspoon is so unquestionably likable that it speaks volumes that Sweet Home Alabama can turn her into a grating ingrate who we neither root for nor comprehend.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
October 2, 2002
Although the winsome actress is afforded the opportunity to demonstrate her usual perky persona, Witherspoon cannot lend her magic to this irritating and witless marshmellow of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 27, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 30, 2002
A light, engaging comedy that fumbles away almost all of its accumulated enjoyment with a crucial third act miscalculation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
September 24, 2002
Making only a minimal effort to be any different...than the hundreds of other forgettable, predictable, almost-married-the-wrong-guy romantic comedies that have come before it...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
September 25, 2002
Sweet relies heavily on the charms of its lead performer. Unfortunately, not even the talented Witherspoon can sell everything that the film throws at us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 26, 2002
This is one of the most painful, loathesomey, unfunny big studio, mainstream star vehicle comedies I've had to sit through in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 14, 2002
It's a safe bet that the gutsy Lynyrd Skynyrd, particularly the outspoken and now deceased singer Ronnie Van Zant, would not have approved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 15, 2003
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 5, 2002
September 27, 2002
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Renie Scolaro Mora
PopMatters
September 27, 2002
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
September 25, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
PopPolitics.com
September 30, 2002
It's fairly clear that the film is pressing the idea that country/roots is real and good, and city/relocated is false and noxious.
October 2, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 23, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 2, 2002

ComingSoon.net
November 14, 2002

FilmFour.com
December 24, 2002

Guardian
January 6, 2003
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