Imitation of Life Reviews

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November 16, 2015
Sirk unleashed a melodramatic torrent of rage at the corrupt core of American life-the unholy trinity of racism, commercialism, and puritanism.
March 31, 2015
The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country.
Top Critic
May 20, 2011
Imitation of Life is still a potent onion. When passed before the moviegoer's eyes, it may force theater owners to install aisle scuppers to drain off the tears.
May 20, 2011
You'll be horrified at how this hokum manipulates you, but the best strategy is to just surrender and enjoy it.
May 20, 2011
A consummate display of populist weepie-making.
April 29, 2011
[VIDEO] Set in postwar New York, "Imitation of Life" is a wonderfully deceptive film.
August 20, 2009
What [the characters] need most from their maker is something he couldn't have given them at the time: the 1960s.
March 19, 2009
While this device lends more scope, it also results in the overdone busy actress/neglected daughter conflict.
August 14, 2007
March 25, 2006
This modernized remake of Miss Hurst's frankly lachrymose tale is much the same as its soggy predecessor. It is the most shameless tear-jerker in a couple of years.
February 9, 2006
Forget those who decry the '50s Hollywood melodrama; it is through the conventions of that hyper-emotional genre that Sirk is able to make such a devastatingly embittered and pessimistic movie.
September 25, 2005
Glossy soaper ahead of its racially themed time.
August 4, 2005
June 12, 2005
Douglas Sirk's last Hollywood film is the jewel in his crown, a visually audacious, powerfully acted melodrama, with Lana Turner and Juanita Moore in top form, that was misunderstood and dismissed at the time as just a weepie or soap opera.
August 22, 2003
July 3, 2003
Sirk immediately and deliberately acknowledges the film's metaphoric, almost pathological obsession with surfaces.
May 24, 2003
Review Imitation Of Life is another of those Douglas Sirk melodramas that no critic had a good word to say about at the time of their release but are now widely considered movie masterpieces.
March 10, 2003
The film is a biting critique of American race relations in the Fifties and a complex study in contrasts and paradoxes.
August 29, 2002
August 27, 2002
The ultimate Sirk film, the contradictions breaking the back of the melodrama genre for all time and Sirk gobbling up and spitting out his Hollywood career like a badger devouring its young.
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