Leave Her to Heaven 1945

Leave Her to Heaven

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While on a train, writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) strikes up a relationship with the gorgeous Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney). Ellen quickly becomes obsessed with Richard and abandons her fiancé, Russell Quinton (Vincent Price), to be with him. The couple rushes into marriage, with both of them caught up in romance and Richard intrigued by Ellen's intensity. Only after settling into marriage, however, does Richard realize that she is psychotically jealous and highly unstable.

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Critic Reviews for Leave Her to Heaven

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (2)

  • It is a story of in-law trouble carried to awful extremes. But it is hard to work up any sustained sympathy for the uptight characters.

    February 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Gothic psychologizing melodrama, so preposterously full-blown and straight-faced that it's a juicy entertainment.

    April 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [T]his poison-apple parable contains at its center a slinky femme fatale with a steadfast belief in all-embracing damnation.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • Stahl's use of space and the performances in Leave Her to Heaven...suggest he was at least the equal of the much-exalted Sirk as an artist of melodrama.

    March 6, 2009
  • Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths.

    March 3, 2009 | Full Review…
  • As for the brother's death, with Ellen looking on coolly in white robe and shades, it remains one of the most perturbing in the history of Hollywood.

    March 2, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Leave Her to Heaven

  • Apr 18, 2015
    Gene Tierney plays the woman who's got it all ... except upstairs between her ears, and Cornel Wilde and Jeanne Crain endeavor mightily to tolerate her. They hardly can bear up. Vincent Price does a great job however as an abusive District Attorney, stealing the film. The action happens in that popular magazine cover perfect world that ruled in Hollywood film at that time. There's one scene, for instance, where Tierney, supposed pregnant (altho that's impossible to see) looks in a mirror horrified: "I look terrible," she says, when she doesn't look that way at all, when nothing in the film looks that way.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2013
    Similar to her turn in Laura, Gene Tierney shows up in this equally great melodramatic performance. One of the first film noirs in colour from what I understand, it is a post war masterpiece.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2013
    Gene Tierney succeeds playing against character, substituting her angelic presence for a childish, treacherous and venomous femme fatale. Noir in blazing technicolor, beautifully shot.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is probably Tierney's best performance ever! If you're a fan you must see this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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