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  • Summary: Based on the true story of Juana de Castilla, daughter of Queen Isabella of Spain. When her mother and older brothers die in 1504, Juana becomes Queen, but her cheating husband sees the opportunity to become king himself, and has her declared "insane" and banished to a monastery.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The sexy, psycho Mad Love is like a Spanish "The Story of Adele H.," in which a woman loves once and only once, to the point of self-destruction, in the days before Prozac.
  2. Ayala gives Joan a fiery, full-blooded passion and Aranda challenges Pedro Almodovar in the arena of self-destructive love, obsessive passion and sweaty cinematic sex. It's the lustiest costume drama in years.
  3. A bodice-ripper for intellectuals.
  4. 60
    An often watchable, though goofy and lurid, blast of a costume drama set in the late 15th century.
  5. 60
    de Ayala is required to supply too much of the energy in a film that is, overall, far too staid for its subject matter.
  6. 50
    Like an ''Afterschool Special'' with costumes by Gianni Versace, Mad Love looks better than it feels.
  7. Adroit but finally a trifle flat, Mad Love doesn't galvanize its outrage the way, say, Jane Campion might have done, but at least it possesses some.

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