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Mad Love Reviews

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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
August 27, 2002
The trouble with making this queen a thoroughly modern maiden is that it also makes her appear foolish and shallow rather than, as was more likely, a victim of mental illness.
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.
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 3, 2002
A long-winded and stagy session of romantic contrivances that never really gels like the shrewd feminist fairy tale it could have been.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 29, 2002
More successful at relating history than in creating an emotionally complex, dramatically satisfying heroine
August 27, 2002
Adroit but finally a trifle flat, Mad Love doesn't galvanize its outrage the way, say, Jane Campion might have done, but at least it possesses some.
September 6, 2002
Like an Afterschool Special with costumes by Gianni Versace, Mad Love looks better than it feels.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
February 22, 2010
dwells on questions of Joan's madness to the point of exhaustion
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
August 17, 2002
Yes, one enjoys seeing Joan grow from awkward young woman to strong, determined monarch, but her love for the philandering Philip only diminishes her stature.
August 29, 2002
De Ayala is required to supply too much of the energy in a film that is, overall, far too staid for its subject matter.
October 8, 2002
Who needs love like this?
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August 30, 2002
Overwrought, melodramatic bodice-ripper.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2002
Ends up being mostly about ravishing costumes, eye-filling, wide-screen production design and Joan's wacky decision to stand by her man, no matter how many times he demonstrates that he's a disloyal satyr.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2002
A big, plush, overripe tale of misguided passion, a richly illustrated but grossly simplified and romanticized history lesson that plays like a period soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 30, 2002
Shame on writer/director Vicente Aranda for making a florid biopic about mad queens, obsessive relationships, and rampant adultery so dull.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2002
Equal parts bodice-ripper and plodding costume drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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