Crimes of the Heart
Crimes of the Heart (1986)

In this story, three sisters from a rather dysfunctional family in the South are gathered together for a birthday. One can't seem to stay in a relationship for long, one was just released on bond for shooting her senator husband, and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It is excruciating: a combination of Beth Henley's insistently eccentric screenplay, Bruce Beresford's frenzied direction and the sight of three singular talents on an acting roller coaster with no one riding the brakes.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

As Spacek, Lange and Keaton clamor for attention, "Crimes of the Heart" becomes less a movie than a three-ring circus, and ringmaster Beresford does little to direct your gaze.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A dismal affair that reeks of pretentious self-importance.

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Time Out

Beresford fails to generate sufficient chemistry to bind the performances. Occasional bursts of delicious tragic humour nevertheless make this a not unlikeable 'feminist' mood piece.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are moments when the movie doesn't seem to know where it's going, but for once that's a good thing because the uncertainty almost always ends with some kind of a delightful, weird surprise.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Using eccentric personalities situated in seemingly ordinary locales, Beresford's comedy is still too theatrical to qualify as cinema, but it's well acted by Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and particularly Sissy Spacek, as three Chekhovian sisters.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

superbly well acted

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
quirky in both a good and bad way
John Ballantine
Yeeeaaah I can be taken into a good women buddy buddy film but it is so easy for these things to get overly sentimental and drippy. I think that is the true… More
ashley hayes-beaty
I was really expecting alot more from this because I love the 3 stars,but it just wasn't quire there. There are some very funny parts and I enjoyed their… More