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Crazy Love (2007)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 19

Crazy Love's subjects and story are so compelling that they overcome the doc's dry, talking heads format.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 8

Crazy Love's subjects and story are so compelling that they overcome the doc's dry, talking heads format.



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"Crazy Love" is an unsettliong true story about an obsessive relationship between a married man and a beautiful, single 20-year old woman, which began in 1957 and continues today.

Oct 16, 2007


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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (19) | DVD (8)

As with all banner-head stories, there comes a point when you tire of being screamed at.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A Bronx tale full of jaw-dropping behavior and jaw-dropping hairdos.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's too easy to feel superior to these two people and their marriage in hell for the sake of some easy (or even uneasy) laughter.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Far too readily tends to play this pathetic story for laughs.

September 22, 2007
New York Times
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Particularly because many viewers have already seen the TV-news version, almost any other genre would have been even more compelling -- a fictionalized drama, perhaps, or Truman Capote-style narrative non-fiction.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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You can't make this stuff up.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The in-your-face documentary recalls the sensational tabloid story from the 1950s.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Crazy Love...sidles up to us, thrills and surprises us, seduces us with the pop flavor of its mid-century paperback aesthetic and its titillating tabloid tale. Crazy Love is chummy.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Apresenta, mesmo que de forma convencional, uma história de amor fascinante em suas insanas reviravoltas.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Stranger than fiction: This decades-long amour fou is so astonishing in its twists and turns that it's hard to believe it's factual. While contextualizing the tale in the pre-feminist era, Klores leaves some mysteries open, thus allowing for speculation

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

There hasn't been a documentary this sick since Kirby Dick's Sick!

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source:

Directors Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens treat this as a straight-up documentary and it is fascinating in a terribly sad sort of way. But it's difficult not to wonder why we need to hear this story.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Quite brilliant.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

The film lassoes you in with "ya gotta hear this" prurience.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Offers little save morbid titillation.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Crazy Love is tabloid journalism at its most base and vulgar, with the same moral bankruptcy as the media outlets that turned this tragedy into grotesque copy in the first place.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

You say 'psychotic codependency' like it's a bad thing.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

[Director] Klore's grasp of his characters give this movie depth.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Equal parts heartwarming and repulsive, the compulsively watchable film is certainly 90 of the fastest, weirdest minutes I've spent in a theater in a long time.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI) unsettling documentary about the pathological "love" of one damaged human for another

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Despite knowing some of the story's more jaw-dropping developments beforehand, I was still riveted and surprised by the movie.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Crazy Love

I've never really understood why some men can't let go of failed relationships. They call, they stalk, they cry, they hire someone to throw acid in your face, etc., etc., etc... After watching Crazy Love I understand it even less.
December 12, 2010
Randy Tippy

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Crazy Love is a documentary that recounts the story of Linda Riss and her psychotic stalker, Burt Pugach. In the late 1950s, Burt was a wealthy lawyer with his own private jet, and an egotistical personality (he was deeply insecure about his nerdish appearance, and used sex as a means of boosting his self-worth). When he met the young and beautiful Linda, he became obsessed, insisting to his friends that he "had to have her" (note the possessive quality of his desire, rather than having to "meet her" he had to "have her" or own her). But Burt was a married man, and when Linda found out, she wanted nothing more to do with him. She moved on and got engaged to someone else. Burt was enraged. At first, he was going to shoot them both, but got cold feet. Then, he hired some goons to throw acid in her face, so that "no man would ever want her". This, unfortunately, succeeded, and Linda wound up being blinded (at first partially, and then later, fully). Burt was sent to prison, where he used his attorney skills to get several murderers and rapists out of jail on technicalities (by his own admission) before his eventual parole. Once out of jail (actually while he was still in jail as well), he continued to pursue Linda, and Linda, feeling that no one would ever love her with her disability, decided to be with Burt afterall. They remain married to this day. What's so horrific about this story is not that Linda wound up marrying her attacker/stalker, the real horror is simply listening to the man himself. Burt Pugach and his friends consider women as objects to possess, but human life in general is of little value to them. He's one of the worst real-life villains in cinema history, and the fact that people are willing to dismiss this story or in some way diminish his accountability just makes his vileness all the worse. There's a sense the filmmakers tried to edit this film in a way to give Burt some plausible sympathy, and I can't think of a more wrong-headed direction for them to go. Regardless of whether Linda Pugach forgave her attacker and made him her husband or married him just as some sort of personal revenge, I can't get past the fact that Burt is the lowest form of scum; I just wanted someone to shoot him in the back of the head, as people like him don't deserve to live. My personal feelings aside, the documentary itself (and the sad subject matter) is captivating.
January 30, 2010
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

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I just watched this movie yesterday, but i'll be damned if I remember much about it. Its entertaining enough, just incredibly ... forgettable. I really liked the style of the footage and photography and stuff. The 50's glamour has always interesting me though. So, I guess i would say its good, it certainly wasn't bad anyway. Its just not that memorible. =\
December 31, 2009
Jake ....

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the most disturbing thing to me is the light hearted tone of the film as it unravels the tale of two so obviously sick and desperately codependent individuals. definitely crazy; dunno about love
January 15, 2009
Stella Dallas

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