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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Witherspoon has the class, the sass and the full-out talent to sustain a major career. Who else could turn the wimpy Sweet Home Alabama into a date-movie winner? She's one of that select group who is worth watching in anything. Even in this less-than-magic kingdom, Reese rules. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    There's a certain formulaic and familiar quality about Sweet Home Alabama, but it doesn't matter. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The latest picture to give you the sense that Hollywood filmmakers simply plucked another old pop-tune title ripe for ripping off, then were shaken by the rude reality of coming up with a script to jerry-build around it. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The whole dumb movie is a baloney cake, but the enticing icing on it is Reese Witherspoon, who manages to have a few moments of spontaneous fun in this half-baked store-bought comedy. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    If you can tolerate the redneck-versus-blueblood cliches that the film trades in, Sweet Home Alabama is diverting in the manner of Jeff Foxworthy's stand-up act. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Trying to resist Reese is like trying to resist Reese's Pieces: They're always the same but you can't help yourself. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is a fantasy, a sweet, light-hearted fairy tale with Reese Witherspoon at its center. She is as lovable as Doris Day would have been in this role (in fact, Doris Day was in this role, in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"). show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    It's only when you're leaving the theater that her spell wears off and you realize just how bad the movie, directed by Andy Tennant, really is. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Die-hard fans of Witherspoon and the romantic comedy genre will probably find enough to like in this film to make it worth a trip to the theater. Everyone else would be best served by spending their hard-earned money on something else. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It doesn't have a speck of authentic heart -- you can bet its Hollywood creators wouldn't move to Alabama if their lives depended on it -- but if you belong to the growing legion of Witherspoon worshippers, this is definitely the movie of the week. show more

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