A typical Depression tale of upward mobility and a good vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck; you can spot John Wayne in a small part.
| Original Score: B
They can't take their eyes off her. You won't be able to either.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Engagingly shocking to audiences who think of old movies as quaint and innocent.
...an amazing film for any age because it is purely about sex. Not X-rated, pornographic sex, but raw, sensual, unequivocal, unmitigated sex, nevertheless.
| Original Score: 7/10
Baby Face is sort of the ultimate pre-Code film, with its repetitive form %u2014 that same come-hither look, that same goggle-eyed assent from the dude on the receiving end %u2014 almost beggaring belief.
| Original Score: B-
A fascinatingly conflicted artifact of Depression-era do-me feminism.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Racy melodrama made before the Production Code.
If you've never seen Stanwyck in a pre-Code film, you've never really seen Stanwyck.
| Original Score: 4/4
Inarguably one of the greatest screen actresses of the century, Stanwyck gives one of her strongest performances here, all fire and hunger and pain.
| Original Score: 3/5
The peppy title tune over the opening credits hardly prepares you for the sordid story that follows...
Well worth looking at.