All About Eve (1950) - Rotten Tomatoes

All About Eve (1950)



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

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 naÔve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
20th Century Fox


Bette Davis
as Margo Channing
Anne Baxter
as Eve Harrington
Gary Merrill
as Bill Sampson
George Sanders
as Addison De Witt
Celeste Holm
as Karen Richards
Hugh Marlowe
as Lloyd Richards
Thelma Ritter
as Birdie Coonan
Marilyn Monroe
as Miss Casswell
Gregory Ratoff
as Max Fabian
Walter Hampden
as Aged Actor
Craig Hill
as Leading Man
Barbara White
as Autograph Seeker
Eddie Fisher
as Stage Manager
Eugene Borden
as Frenchman
Helen Mowery
as Reporter
Steven Geray
as Captain of Waiters
Bess Flowers
as Well-Wisher
Ed Fisher
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for All About Eve

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

All About Eve is not only a brilliant and clever portrait of an actress, it is a downright funny film, from its opening scene to the final fadeout.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Joseph L Mankiewicz's film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as [Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd], but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue.

Full Review… | February 18, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The Zanuck production investiture is plush in every department.

Full Review… | January 30, 2008
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for All About Eve


This sophisticated tale of ambition, glamour and backstabbing in Hollywood and show business is superbly directed by Mankievicz, with a delicious sense of humor, a terrific ensemble cast and an altogether memorable dialogue from beginning to end.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Brilliant! A classic film; absolutely fantastic. All About Eve is a film about a young woman named Eve (Baxter) who aligns herself into the life of aging actress Margo Channing (Davis) and ultimately schemes herself into the theatre spotlight. I really liked it!

The screenplay is one of the best of all time, perfect in every way. It has sort of a unique and modern flair to it, making All About Eve memorable and timeless. The performances were wonderful, also, especially Betty Davis. All About Eve garnered a total of 5 Oscar nominations for the cast; after viewing the film it's clear why. Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, and Hugh Marlowe all give great performances. This was also my first Marilyn Monroe film; she has a minor role.

Nominated for an astounding 14 Academy Awards and winner of 6 including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, All About Eve is a classic piece of cinema that is a must-see. I cannot recommend this film enough.

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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