Imitation of Life Reviews

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.
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.
January 22, 2003
January 1, 2000
Douglas Sirk's 1959 film was the biggest grosser in Universal's history until the release of Airport, yet it's also one of the most intellectually demanding films ever made in Hollywood.