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Crimes of the Heart
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 the other is an aspiring actress.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"A dismal affair that reeks of pretentious self-importance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Crimes of the Heart is a bittersweet comedy that is funny, inventive and affecting."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Okay, the Oscar-winning actresses chew the scenery, but if you can't do that in a movie about crackpot Southerners, when can you?"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Better than you might think with a real feel for the south."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The snappy dialogue comes thick and fast, while Spacek and Harper revel in turns that landed them both Oscar nominations."
‑ , Film4
"[It] has the dubious distinction of calling attention to just about everything the play isn't, and was never meant to be."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The Oscar-winning actresses make fine confederates -- their gracious collaboration propelling this happy adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"superbly well acted"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Great work by all in a deliciously twisted comedy"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A wacky screwball dark southern comedy"
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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