All That Heaven Allows Reviews

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October 16, 2007
Hudson is handsome and somewhat wooden. Laconic of speech, and imbued with an angel's patience and understanding, it's at times hard to understand his passion for the widow, what with pretty girls just spoilingfor his attention.
March 25, 2006
Solid and sensible drama plainly had to give way to outright emotional bulldozing and a paving of easy clichs.
February 9, 2006
Beneath the stunningly lovely visuals -- all expressionist colours, reflections, and frames-within-frames, used to produce a precise symbolism -- lies a kernel of terrifying despair
September 4, 2004
A masterpiece (1955) by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood, Douglas Sirk.
January 27, 2019
As the camera gradually moves in on Cary's despairing face in reflection, we know the mantra of "life's parade at your fingertips" is really a mandate for her own imprisonment
August 3, 2014
Works as a straightforward melodrama, but is so meticulously crafted by a visual master that it provides endless material for those who wish to mine for deeper social commentary.
July 13, 2014
Proof that there is artistry and glory in a genre that never had to apologise for itself, not when it was this confident, beautiful, and good.
June 17, 2014
Sirk's definitive statement on human nature now gets a definitive, sparkling Blu-ray release.
August 21, 2009
Sirk benefited immeasurably from the fact that the chief subject of his crazy cinema was postwar America.
October 18, 2008
A classic and beautiful film for those who love romantic stories
October 16, 2007
Romance novel in narrative this transcends its genre with visual depth and perceptive socio-cultural insights.
October 16, 2007
One of Sirk's finest films.
May 26, 2006
'Time, if anything, will vindicate Douglas Sirk,' wrote Andrew Sarris in 1968. He was right.
February 7, 2006
When Carey (Jane Wyman) first visits the Andersons, friends of Ron (Rock Hudson), Thoreau's Walden is placed on the table. She then reads a passage in which he describes the "mass of men living lives of quiet desperation," a summation of her life.
August 20, 2004
January 7, 2004
Yet another mystifyingly lionized Sirkian soaper.
January 2, 2004
Quite involving, overblown emotion and all, particularly due to Wyman's gentle sincerity.
October 4, 2003
The rich visual texture, using glorious Technicolor, and a soaring emotional score lend what is essentially a thin story a kind of epic tension.
October 3, 2003
June 13, 2003
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