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  • Summary: Dan Klores' Crazy Love tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Of the long list of couples who have loved neither wisely nor particularly well, few have such power to disturb as Burton Pugach and the love of his life, Linda Riss.
  2. The tale itself is so spectacularly perverse, and the film stays so authentically close to the personalities involved, that you don't feel dirty -- you feel cleansed.
  3. It takes some time to realize we're in a maelstrom--going down down down into a saga of obsession, sadism, masochism, and codependency that was and remains one of the great, sick tabloid stories of all time.
  4. At one point, Klores thought about making a feature film out of the material, but it's a good thing he decided against it. You could not make this stuff up.
  5. Pugach's selfishness, his inability to detach love from gratification, is the key to this crazy story.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    Though the subject matter sounds depressing, Crazy Love has an infectious, even bouncy tone.
  7. Reviewed by: Tamara Straus
    50
    It leaves one feeling queasy about human nature.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. mathewB.
    Jul 8, 2007
    7
    Great story, interesting interviews. Sort of a boring doc. style, and a few unanswered questions, hurt an otherwise great untold story. worth Great story, interesting interviews. Sort of a boring doc. style, and a few unanswered questions, hurt an otherwise great untold story. worth watching. Expand
  2. JimG.
    Jun 19, 2007
    6
    Wow. Truth really is stranger than fiction. Engaging tale, crisply told.
  3. AndrewK.
    Jun 30, 2007
    6
    I'm really surprised at how much the reviewers trash the director of this film. A true documentarian doesn't stamp his views all I'm really surprised at how much the reviewers trash the director of this film. A true documentarian doesn't stamp his views all over the film. He lets the audience decide for themselves. What to say about Burt and Linda? Not knowing anything at all about them, and having read the brief reviews on here, I assumed that maybe they were in the mafia. Not so. Burt is a sleazebag lawyer and Linda is an ordinary, beautiful young girl when the story begins. Things turn ugly fast. What he does to her is terrible. And then comes the real surprise. I won't say what it is because I don't want to ruin it for anybody. But if you've never heard of these two, I advise you be introduced to them the same way I was. With this documentary. You won't believe that it's true. You may find them both to be, literally, crazy, as the title suggests. But in the end, who are we to judge? They seem to be happy. Or at least not miserable. Expand

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