Crimes of the Heart
Reviewed in May 2010
Director: Bruce Beresford. Cast: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, David Carpenter, Tess Harper, Hurd Hatfield, Beeson Carroll, Jean Willard, Gregory Eugene Travis, Tom Mason. Screenplay: Beth Henley (based on her play).

Twitter Capsule: How could that cast miss? This way. Beresford stages overpraised play for maximum shrillness and insincerity.

VOR:   I've heard ardent claims for the movie's value and appeal from movie-lovers I trust. But aside from inspired moments from Spacek and a few with Shepard, I don't get it.

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Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Sissy Spacek
Best Supporting Actress: Tess Harper
Best Adapted Screenplay: Beth Henley

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Sissy Spacek

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Spacek)

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