Mad Love
Mad Love (2002)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An overwrought bodice-ripper, Mad Love is more silly than dramatic.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A sumptuously-appointed account of the life of the 16th-century Spanish royal Joan of Castile.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

dwells on questions of Joan's madness to the point of exhaustion

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Nothing more or less than an outright bodice-ripper -- it should have ditched the artsy pretensions and revelled in the entertaining shallows.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

It's López de Ayala's show, and she's relentless in her energy and passion.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A chick flick of the first order, disguised by just enough historical detail to elevate the proceedings somewhat.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A bodice-ripper for intellectuals.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
It's from spain, so of course it has lots of tits. Can't remember much else.
Sajin P A
Though not much interested in the Spanish history, I really loved the amazing sets and the very beautiful actress who portrayed the allegedly crazy queen. The… More
Megan S
I enjoyed it, as much as you can enjoy a really depressing movie. This is the second Spanish movie that i've watched that's dealt with men abusing… More