Mad Love 2002

Madness of Love

Critics Consensus

An overwrought bodice-ripper, Mad Love is more silly than dramatic.

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In the 16th century, an incarcerated woman (Pilar López de Ayala) reflects on her arranged marriage and her stint as queen of Spain.

Cast & Crew

Pilar López de Ayala
Joan
Eloy Azorín
Álvaro de Estúñiga
Roberto Álvarez
Admiral
Chema de Miguel
Don Juan Manuel
Vicente Aranda
Writer (Screenplay)
Paco Femenia
Cinematographer
Teresa Font
Film Editor
Dani Fontrodona
Sound
Miguel Chang
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Miguel Sesé
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Javier Artiñano
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Mercedes Guillot
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Critic Reviews for Mad Love

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (26)

  • Every historical film, it seems, has certain requirements: galloping horses, characters swathed in yards of tapestry fabric, demure yet treacherous ladies-in-waiting. Mad Love has all that and more.

    October 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A sumptuously-appointed account of the life of the 16th-century Spanish royal Joan of Castile.

    January 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Nothing more or less than an outright bodice-ripper -- it should have ditched the artsy pretensions and revelled in the entertaining shallows.

    January 10, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a little violence and lots of sex in a bid to hold our attention, but it grows monotonous after a while, as do Joan and Philip's repetitive arguments, schemes and treachery.

    October 3, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Forget the Psychology 101 study of romantic obsession and just watch the procession of costumes in castles and this won't seem like such a bore.

    October 3, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's Lpez de Ayala's show, and she's relentless in her energy and passion.

    September 27, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Love

  • Apr 12, 2012
    It's from spain, so of course it has lots of tits. Can't remember much else.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    Though not much interested in the Spanish history, I really loved the amazing sets and the very beautiful actress who portrayed the allegedly crazy queen. The way her obsession with her not so trustworthy husband drives her to the point of madness is really captured well.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2007
    I enjoyed it, as much as you can enjoy a really depressing movie. This is the second Spanish movie that i've watched that's dealt with men abusing their power. They said that Joan was mad but she wasn't mad in the sense of craziness, she was furious. Her husband was cheating on her with multiple other women...of course she's going to be pissed off and act eractic. People knew that the Archduke was unfaithful but they chose to ignore it. The men who knew fell into two camps, either they were helping to cover it up or they were too afraid to act against him. And the women who knew couldnt do a damn thing about it, because well, they were women. I mean I'm sure that it's true to the time period but it really pisses me off. But it was really well done.
    Megan S Super Reviewer

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