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This lavish historical drama was inspired by the true story of Juana the Mad, who became Queen of Spain before her willfulness and jealousy robbed her of her power. During the late 15th century, Juana (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) was born to the Spanish royal family, and as a teenager her mother, Queen Isabella (Susy Sanchez), arranged for her to marry Archduke Philip (Daniele Liotti) of Brussels. The marriage is a matter of politics more than anything else, and Juana is upset that she must leave behind Alvaro de Estuniga (Eloy Azorin), the boy she loves, but from the first time she sees Felipe,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sumptuously-appointed account of the life of the 16th-century Spanish royal Joan of Castile."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"dwells on questions of Joan's madness to the point of exhaustion"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Accuracy and realism are terrific, but if your film becomes boring, and your dialogue isn't smart, then you need to use more poetic license."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"Less a study in madness or love than a study in schoolgirl obsession."
‑ Jackie Loohauis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Nothing more or less than an outright bodice-ripper -- it should have ditched the artsy pretensions and revelled in the entertaining shallows."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It's López de Ayala's show, and she's relentless in her energy and passion."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A chick flick of the first order, disguised by just enough historical detail to elevate the proceedings somewhat."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"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."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"A bodice-ripper for intellectuals."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Aranda's screenplay and direction are rather shallow, so that this bodice-ripper feels more like a Lifetime made-for-cable movie than an epic, tragic romance."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"So vivid a portrait of a woman consumed by lust and love and crushed by betrayal that it conjures up the intoxicating fumes and emotional ghosts of a freshly painted Rembrandt."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Who needs love like this?"
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
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