Critic Consensus: The story is not new, but the film gets credit for trying to move away from the genre's cliches. Kirsten Dunst and newcomer Jay Hernandez give believable performances.
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Critic Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful
As overproduced as a Super Bowl soft-drink commercial, so much so that even its potentially insightful moments seem like movie fakery.
Dunst, in her finest performance yet, has now transcended her fellow teen stars.
The movie is so predictable, it's not surprising that the script is credited to first-timers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and the direction to John Stockwell, a former acting peer to Tom Cruise.
Sure, the Romeo-and-Juliet thing has been done before, but director John Stockwell pulls it off with his two promising leads.
Even when the movie is bad -- which it is in its abrupt, mismanaged, final-act attempt to cram in moments of forgiveness and clarity -- it's addictively so.
Audience Reviews for Crazy/Beautiful
Kirsten Dunst were so different and so young in this movie. The story is pretty much very ordinary. However, the directing and acting was great. It also leave out the racial differences between the couple. Touching movie about how a girl wanted to be loved and accepted in her environment, especially family wise. Romance movie that is realistic and also touches the family part, where in many romantic movies it haven't seen as an important matter.
I love this movie. Had not seen it in a few years, but like it just as much now as I did the first time I watched it. Definitely a very different role for Kirsten Durst at the time. (Not including Virgin Suicides - but still in that she was the glamourous and pretty girl). She is very played down through most of it, with greasy hair and no make up, as she plays a troubled, suicidal teen. Still attractive, of course, but there is a flatness to her (deliberately), that she does not normally have. At heart this is just a nice film about acceptance and being understood.
Well-constructed and credibly played characters fuel this high-school romance, which involves a scholastically dedicated Latino guy who loses his academic focus after falling in love with the deeply troubled WASP daughter of a wealthy congressman. The fairy-tale conclusion is a bit too pat, but two leads generate a lot of goodwill along the way.
|Nicole Oakley:||"You can be anywhere when your life begins. When the future opens up in front of you. And you may not even realize it at first, but it's already happening."|
|Nicole Oakley:||You can be anywhere when your life begins. When the future opens up in front of you. And you may not even realize it at first, but it's already happening.|
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