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Swept Away Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
Variety
November 4, 2008
The Vera Hruba Ralston of her time, Madonna has persisted in making movies despite all evidence that this is one medium in which no one wants to see or hear her.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
Both husband and wife seem to be in way over their heads.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 6, 2007
Every bit the cinematic shipwreck you'd imagine it to be.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2002
If there is one thing worse than a Guy Ritchie movie, it's a Guy Ritchie movie with Madonna in it.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 17, 2002
I wouldn't wish the stupefying dialogue of "Swept Away" on any actress, but to watch Madonna flounder through it is more punishment than I can bear.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 15, 2002
A better title, for all concerned, might be Swept Under the Rug.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 14, 2002
Two of the least likable characters I've seen in a romance in a long time.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 14, 2002
Is it a comedy? A drama? A romance? A cartoon?
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 12, 2002
For all his fidelity to the Wertmüller screenplay, Ritchie has made a movie that is neither as attractive nor as repulsive, and certainly not as funny, as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 11, 2002
The film turns out to have nothing going for it at all.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 11, 2002
Staggeringly dreadful romance.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 11, 2002
Even camp status eludes this tepid and misguided picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 11, 2002
New ways of describing badness need to be invented to describe exactly how bad it is.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 11, 2002
Down the line, this movie may become a camp classic. At the moment, it's a stitch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 11, 2002
After a ghastly start, it becomes a curiously affecting document of a director trying to show the world why he loves his wife -- not the changeling pop star, but the actress.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 11, 2002
What Madonna does here can't properly be called acting -- more accurately, it's moving and it's talking and it's occasionally gesturing, sometimes all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 11, 2002
It's hard to imagine another director ever making his wife look so bad in a major movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 11, 2002
It's lost the politics and the social observation and become just another situation romance about a couple of saps stuck in an inarticulate screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
October 11, 2002
Swept Away's worst crime is that it is butt-numbingly B-O-R-I-N-G.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 10, 2002
At no point should anyone mistake this for an actual movie. This is an extended beach video that will leave no one swept away.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 10, 2002
There is no credible feeling here, no comedy, no eroticism.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2002
This rough trade Punch-and-Judy act didn't play well then and it plays worse now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 10, 2002
The fact that Swept Away got made at all implies there simply is no dissuading Madonna from her movie-star aspirations. Her tenacity is admirable, but it's also block-headed.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 10, 2002
Turns out to be not only relevant but entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 10, 2002
As Madonna vehicles go, this one is hardly the worst. But it does show the diva-actress at her most unappealing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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October 10, 2002
Neither a rousing success nor a blinding embarrassment. Still, it just sits there like a side dish no one ordered.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 10, 2002
No yacht was harmed during shooting. It's the movie that's the shipwreck.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
October 10, 2002
On top of a foundering performance, [Madonna's] denied her own athleticism by lighting that emphasizes every line and sag.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 10, 2002
The kind of bad movie that only talented people can make.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 10, 2002
Sound the trumpets: For the first time since Desperately Seeking Susan, Madonna doesn't suck as an actress.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 8, 2002
Like life on the island, the movie grows boring despite the scenery.