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All About Eve

All About Eve (1950)

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100

Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 0

Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.

100

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
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Movie Info

Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that na´ve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Oct 5, 1999

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (0) | DVD (24)

Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood's midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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What makes the picture seem so good (what makes it eminently worth seeing) is the satirical touches in its detail and the performance of Bette Davis.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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The Zanuck production investiture is plush in every department.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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[Features] more quotable dialogue in one movie than most screenwriters manage in a lifetime.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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The hoped-for tone of Restoration comedy never quite materializes, perhaps because Mankiewicz's cynicism is only skin-deep, but the film's tinny brilliance still pleases.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A classic movie, whose qualities remind us that there once was a Hollywood where such sophisticated treats could be made.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

All About Eve is deliciously fun to watch with characters playing versions of themselves (most noticeably Bette Davis) and being quite introspective for its day.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Bette Davis is fabulous in this role.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Screenwriting students, you have your Bible. Movie lovers, you have a film that is impervious to the rigors of time, not to mention an inspiration for every prime-time soap opera.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Mankiewicz's inside knowledge of show business and its particular personality types gives the film an authenticity and allows for its famously devastating acid wit. [Blu-ray]

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

In our celebrity-obsessed culture, it's possible that All About Eve is more important than ever. Scratch that. How about it's more entertaining than ever?

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

All About Eve looks into Broadway's artichoke heart to ring an early death knell for classic Hollywood.

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Along with films such as Luis Bu˝uel's "Los Olvidados" and Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard," Joseph Mankiewicz's "All About Eve" made 1950 one of the most seminal years in cinema history.

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
ColeSmithey.com

Classic movie about an ambitious woman.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Sanders...was ideally cast in this role: you can feel in Addison's every word the world-weariness of the actor who would eventually commit suicide at age 65...

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Joseph L Mankiewicz's wonderfully literate 1950 classic drama of the theatrical life, All About Eve, is back in the cinema, to be savoured for its language, performances, psychological insights and proof that all the world's a stage.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Put simply, one of the greatest movies ever made.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The peerless tale of two rival drama queens, playing as the central attraction in the BFI Southbank's Joseph L Mankiewicz season, and rightly so.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Here is a real Christmas treat: a restored version of Joseph L Mankiewicz's jet-black 1950 comedy about Margo Channing, elegant leading lady of the theatre, superbly played by Bette Davis.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

A total joy.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

One of Hollywood's finest backstage dramas. If nothing else Davis should have been rewarded for services to the tobacco industry.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for All About Eve

The script is spectacular. And there's just so much acting to appreciate in this film, especially Bette Davis's snarky, proud, self-indulgent and insecure diva who gradually coaxes forth a full-on tempestuous storm, a "hysterical screaming harpy". This was my first introduction to Ms Davis, and though I'd never want to cross swords with her, I want more. I loved her and Merrill, they were romantically adorable! Bonus: a resplendent, bright-eyed Marilyn Monroe with a naughty smile as she shimmies out of her white fur coat to go sweet-talk a producer.
August 23, 2012
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Once again, someone decided to take a typical "backstage backstabbing drama" type story and turn it into a prestige picture.

The film follows an aspiring actress named Eve Harrington who worships fading and aging stage goddess Margo Channing and finds herself going from rags to riches when Margo befriends her and helps her turn her life around. Thigns start going well enough until Eve begins to scheme about taking over the top spot, willing to do about anything to get there.

This basic plot was nothing new, even by 1950. This retelling is doen pretty well though, with some excellent performances and decent writing. What boggles my mind about it though is that I just cannot comprehend why this is such a highly lauded film. It's good, but there's nothing about it overall that makes it truly great. I don't think the performances are enough, though they do account for a lot of it.

There's perhaps some insights into show biz that this film introduced to the world, but, given its age, it's hard to really be surprised by much of it. Sure, there's some really good lines, but a lot of them have been used so much in reference to this film that seeing them in context kinda makes it all very underwhelming.

I didn't hate this movie, and appreciated that it didn't go into over the top soap operaish melodrama territory, but at 138 minutes, it could have actually used something like that to liven up a production that is quite understated for the most part.

All in all, this isn't a classic, but it is an enjoyable drama for what it is, and seeing Bette Davis deliver one of her best performances is a real treat.
March 4, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A sophisticated tale of ambition, glamour and backstabbing in Hollywood and show business. Perfectly directed and with a delicious sense of humor, this superb classic by Mankievicz presents not only a terrific cast but also countless memorable dialogues from beginning to end.
October 10, 2011
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

    1. Lloyd Richards: It's about time the piano realized it has not written the concerto!
    – Submitted by Alex L (13 months ago)
    1. Margo Channing: Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
    1. Margo Channing: Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy night.
    – Submitted by Don G (15 months ago)
    1. Margo Channing: A milkshake?
    – Submitted by Wellington O (17 months ago)
    1. Margo Channing: Don't get up. And please stop acting as if I were the queen mother.
    – Submitted by Ursula N (18 months ago)
    1. Margo Channing: I distinctly remember Addison crossing you off my guest list. What are you doing here?
    – Submitted by Ursula N (18 months ago)
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