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Sweet Home Alabama Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Unbearable were Witherspoon not such a genuinely attractive performer.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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").

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Witherspoon's charm keeps this movie afloat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language, gay characters (one out, one closeted) who are positively portrayed, and references to an out of wedlock teen pregnancy. Melanie gets drunk (and gets sick). Drinking, vandalism, and minor crimes are portrayed as evidence of a free spirit.

  • Families can talk about why people are tempted to lie about their past, and how they would respond if they found out someone they cared about had lied to them. What does Melanie mean when she says "I figured if I was pointing at you, no one would see through me." What didn't she want them to see? What is Melanie likely to do next?

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexual references, including teen pregnancy.

  • language false2

    Language: Some mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking as a sign of free-spiritedness, character gets drunk and gets sick

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