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Mad Love Reviews

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
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
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
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 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
September 6, 2002
A sexy, peculiar and always entertaining costume drama set in Renaissance Spain, and the fact that it's based on true events somehow makes it all the more compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
The gifted and lovely Ms. López de Ayala makes Joan both an imperious queen and a passionate creature of desire.
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
August 30, 2002
Overwrought, melodramatic bodice-ripper.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2002
An often watchable, though goofy and lurid, blast of a costume drama set in the late 15th century.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2002
If you're in the mood for impressive castles and sumptuous costumes, torch-lit processions and decorative nudity, this is the place to turn.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
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.