• PG-13, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Andy Tennant
    In Theaters:
    Sep 27, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2003
  • Buena Vista Distribution Compa


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Sweet Home Alabama Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2002
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2005
Larry Carroll

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 Source: Countingdown.com | Original Score: C+

September 27, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Melanie eventually slugs the Yankee. Too bad the former Murphy Brown doesn't pop Reese back.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2002
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 26, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

October 12, 2002
Victoria Alexander

I love Reese Witherspoon but hate cruel, dismissive disregard for nice characters. Warning-SPOILER ahead.

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September 26, 2002
Todd McCarthy
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 25, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Excruciatingly ordinary and unimaginative, and excruciatingly slow about spinning out its paltry little story.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 24, 2002
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C-

October 7, 2002
Rob Gonsalves

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2007
Frank Ochieng

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 Source: TheWorldJournal.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 2, 2002
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

January 10, 2003
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A light, engaging comedy that fumbles away almost all of its accumulated enjoyment with a crucial third act miscalculation.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C

September 30, 2002
Rob Blackwelder

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 Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 24, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 25, 2002
Erik Childress

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 0/4

September 26, 2002
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

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 Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 14, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 15, 2003
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 5, 2002
September 27, 2002
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Renie Scolaro Mora
September 27, 2002
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
September 25, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs

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.

Full Review Source: PopPolitics.com

September 30, 2002
October 2, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 23, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 2, 2002


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