Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood's midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements.
A classic movie, whose qualities remind us that there once was a Hollywood where such sophisticated treats could be made.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Bette Davis is fabulous in this role.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
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]
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?
All About Eve looks into Broadway's artichoke heart to ring an early death knell for classic Hollywood.
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.
| Original Score: A+
Classic movie about an ambitious woman.
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...
| Original Score: 10/10
It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue.
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.
The Zanuck production investiture is plush in every department.
Put simply, one of the greatest movies ever made.
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.
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.
A total joy.
| Original Score: 4/5
One of Hollywood's finest backstage dramas. If nothing else Davis should have been rewarded for services to the tobacco industry.