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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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. Dan Klores's astonishing film is about a subject so bizarre it could only work as a documentary – as a drama, it would be dismissed as being too far-fetched.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    80
    All told, Crazy Love is a rarity in documentaries; it's fun.
  4. 70
    One may be horrified by these two, or laugh at them, but both horror and laughter give way to amazement at the human talent for survival.
  5. In Crazy Love, friends of Burt and Linda express as much confusion over their relationship as we feel, and the Pugaches themselves make an unconvincing case for theirs being a love that conquered all. On the contrary, love doesn't seem to have had anything to do with them. She married him out of desperation, and he pursued her out of a sense of entitlement.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    Though the subject matter sounds depressing, Crazy Love has an infectious, even bouncy tone.
  7. Now, they're together. You can't look at them, but you can't look away either. So it goes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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 watching. Collapse
  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 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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