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Dark Victory Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 11, 2015
One of the finest weepies ever made by Hollywood. Davis is nothing short of magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Bette Davis loses her sight, and we gain a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 6, 2009
Bette Davis's frisky sprint sets the pace
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 27, 2009
Naught but a torrid melodrama, but oh! what a humdinger of a melodrama it is! It's films like this that give trash a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 9, 2008
A classic women's pic that strings together a collection of syrupy clichés that can make a real man double up in pain.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
April 30, 2007
Guilty pleasure: One of Warner's best acted melodramas and Bette Davis's all-time favorite, in which she lives hard but dies in dignity as an heiress gone blind. Also Davis revenge as Tallulah Bankhead failed to bring the role to life in the 1934 play.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 21, 2006
It's horribly dated, playing today like some weird, contrived burlesque of common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
One of Bette Davis' best acted, most enjoyable melodrama, in which she gloriously plays a dying blind woman.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2005
Even by the standards of a typical Bette Davis melodrama Dark Victory is an embarrassment of riches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
June 1, 2005
What happens when a three-hankie picture just isn't that sad? You get Dark Victory.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 12, 2004
Of interest to both Goulding and Davis fans...Dark Victory catches both of them operating at their best while also learning new tricks from each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 14, 2002
A classic women's weeper with Bette Davis at her peak.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Classic glossy soaper that still works.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
a soap opera, yes, but a pretty fine one
| Original Score: 3/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Dark Victory (1939) is a sentimental, tragic and moving melodrama ("woman's picture") from Warner Bros. studios
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 2, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 74/100
Brandon Judell
August 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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