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Sweet Home Alabama Reviews

November 6, 2002
Would be an unendurable viewing experience for this ultra-provincial New Yorker if 26-year-old Reese Witherspoon were not on hand to inject her pure fantasy character, Melanie Carmichael, with a massive infusion of old-fashioned Hollywood magic.
October 2, 2002
It's as preposterous and phony as a Confederate C-note, but Reese Witherspoon has so much natural beauty, talent and charm she guarantees more fun than the day the hogs ate Willie.
October 1, 2002
Despite her relentless vim and winsome facial symmetry, Witherspoon is just too dialed-up to be America's Sweetheart.
September 30, 2002
It is definitely worth seeing.
September 27, 2002
If you're a fan of Witherspoon, this movie was produced, shot, edited and distributed entirely for you.
September 27, 2002
Physical charms are no match for the generic predictability of the story.
September 27, 2002
Sweet Home Alabama is the latest picture to give you the sense that Hollywood filmmakers simply plucked another old pop-tune title ripe for ripping off, then were shaken by the rude reality of coming up with a script to jerry-build around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2002
Reese Witherspoon makes the proverbial silk purse out of a sow's ear in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, demonstrating how even the most mediocre of material can be redeemed by a convincing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2002
Pure formula, right down to Melanie's final choice, which will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2002
This is a feel-good movie that does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
If you can tolerate the redneck-versus-blueblood cliches that the film trades in, Sweet Home Alabama is diverting in the manner of Jeff Foxworthy's stand-up act.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2002
I didn't mind when Reese Witherspoon dyed her career Legally Blonde, but I found it downright disappointing to watch it go south in Sweet Home Alabama.
Read More | Original Score: D+
September 27, 2002
A movie with a more sitcomic premise you are unlikely to find.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2002
As predictable as a Florida election controversy, as wholly amusing as a cold plate of grits.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 27, 2002
Witherspoon is such a delight -- her comic timing so good, and her pixie-ish good looks so fascinating -- that she manages to make Sweet Home Alabama seem charming and funny.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2002
A romantic comedy so rote, dull and predictable that it makes You've Got Mail seem innovative and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 27, 2002
It's leaden and predictable, and laughs are lacking.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 27, 2002
Light to the point of disposability, Sweet Home Alabama is a small screwball comic idea that spins out far too long.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2002
A banal, virulently unpleasant excuse for a romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
September 27, 2002
Reese Witherspoon may be at that precious and precarious point in an actor's career where she can do no wrong. I don't know if she's enjoying the ride, but I sure am.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
I enjoyed Witherspoon and the local color, but I am so very tired of the underlying premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
Will the parties responsible for kidnapping Reese Witherspoon and putting a grinning replicant in her place please bring her back?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2002
Using her blond, blue-eyed pout to full advantage, Witherspoon is just as likable as a Southern belle as she was as a California sorority girl in Legally Blonde.
September 26, 2002
Every time you look, Sweet Home Alabama is taking another bummer of a wrong turn.
September 26, 2002
If Sweet Home Alabama, directed by Andy Tennant from a screenplay by C. Jay Cox, has the ingredients for a classic screwball comedy, the movie is in such a rush to entertain that it barely connects the dots of its story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2002
Witherspoon has charmed her way through weak material before, but she's too inexperienced to save the character from director Andy Tennant, whose main achievement here is to turn his star's natural twinkling menace into malice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2002
To call the film contrived would imply that some sort of effort had been made, when Sweet Home Alabama is nothing but dead lazy and slow.
September 26, 2002
The movie is genial but never inspired, and little about it will stay with you.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 26, 2002
This movie is phony, phony, phony.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 26, 2002
Even in this less-than-magic kingdom, Reese rules.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2002
Shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 26, 2002
Die-hard fans of Witherspoon and the romantic comedy genre will probably find enough to like in this film to make it worth a trip to the theater. Everyone else would be best served by spending their hard-earned money on something else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2002
Makes Smokey and the Bandit look like To Kill a Mockingbird.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 25, 2002
Overly eager-to-please pic is as formulaic as any sitcom and is the first film to feature rising star Reese Witherspoon in an unintentionally unflattering light.
September 24, 2002
Witherspoon makes this slick and unfelt comedy more entertaining than it has any right to be.