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Mad Love Reviews

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February 22, 2010
dwells on questions of Joan's madness to the point of exhaustion
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 10, 2003
A sumptuously-appointed account of the life of the 16th-century Spanish royal Joan of Castile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2003
A chick flick of the first order, disguised by just enough historical detail to elevate the proceedings somewhat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2003
Nothing more or less than an outright bodice-ripper -- it should have ditched the artsy pretensions and revelled in the entertaining shallows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 3, 2003
Aranda's screenplay and direction are rather shallow, so that this bodice-ripper feels more like a Lifetime made-for-cable movie than an epic, tragic romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2002
Accuracy and realism are terrific, but if your film becomes boring, and your dialogue isn't smart, then you need to use more poetic license.
October 24, 2002
Lush and beautifully photographed (somebody suggested the stills might make a nice coffee table book), but ultimately you'll leave the theater wondering why these people mattered.
October 24, 2002
So vivid a portrait of a woman consumed by lust and love and crushed by betrayal that it conjures up the intoxicating fumes and emotional ghosts of a freshly painted Rembrandt.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2002
Less a study in madness or love than a study in schoolgirl obsession.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
There's no point of view, no contemporary interpretation of Joan's prefeminist plight, so we're left thinking the only reason to make the movie is because present standards allow for plenty of nudity.
October 8, 2002
Who needs love like this?
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October 4, 2002
The modern-day royals have nothing on these guys when it comes to scandals. It's only in fairy tales that princesses that are married for political reason live happily ever after.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 3, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2002
Interesting both as a historical study and as a tragic love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
It's López de Ayala's show, and she's relentless in her energy and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2002
A bodice-ripper for intellectuals.
September 19, 2002
Equal parts bodice-ripper and plodding costume drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2002
It's not too fast and not too slow. It's not too racy and it's not too offensive. It's not too much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 13, 2002
It's like an old Warner Bros. costumer jived with sex -- this could be the movie Errol Flynn always wanted to make, though Bette Davis, cast as Joan, would have killed him.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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