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Crimes of the Heart Reviews

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TV Guide
April 11, 2013
A dismal affair that reeks of pretentious self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2013
It is excruciating: a combination of Beth Henley's insistently eccentric screenplay, Bruce Beresford's frenzied direction and the sight of three singular talents on an acting roller coaster with no one riding the brakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 3, 2006
Using eccentric personalities situated in seemingly ordinary locales, Beresford's comedy is still too theatrical to qualify as cinema, but it's well acted by Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and particularly Sissy Spacek, as three Chekhovian sisters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Beresford fails to generate sufficient chemistry to bind the performances. Occasional bursts of delicious tragic humour nevertheless make this a not unlikeable 'feminist' mood piece.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
superbly well acted
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 3, 2004
Crimes of the Heart is a bittersweet comedy that is funny, inventive and affecting.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 1, 2003
Better than you might think with a real feel for the south.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 27, 2003
Great work by all in a deliciously twisted comedy
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 20, 2003
Okay, the Oscar-winning actresses chew the scenery, but if you can't do that in a movie about crackpot Southerners, when can you?
| Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
The snappy dialogue comes thick and fast, while Spacek and Harper revel in turns that landed them both Oscar nominations.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 24, 2002
A wacky screwball dark southern comedy
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
A gleaming adaptation that features three wonderful performances.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There are moments when the movie doesn't seem to know where it's going, but for once that's a good thing because the uncertainty almost always ends with some kind of a delightful, weird surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
As Spacek, Lange and Keaton clamor for attention, "Crimes of the Heart" becomes less a movie than a three-ring circus, and ringmaster Beresford does little to direct your gaze.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Cole Smithey
December 30, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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