Leave Her to Heaven Reviews

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December 31, 2020
Gene Tierney does the best job of her career.
December 31, 2020
The photography is of highest calibre and the settings are handsome examples of Nature in her most enchanting phases.
August 13, 2020
A fascinating, entirely unique look at a female psychopath.
July 31, 2020
It remains both Stahl and Tierney's vibrant stranglehold on iconicity, the power of which can never be usurped.
March 29, 2020
As Ellen's frustration builds, so does the film's tension, highlighted by two sequences that still retain their wallop.
November 21, 2019
Pure modernism hiding in the guise of a classical Hollywood potboiler, a perfect cinematic embodiment of the loss and despair of the post-war moment.
February 28, 2018
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.
April 7, 2016
Gothic psychologizing melodrama, so preposterously full-blown and straight-faced that it's a juicy entertainment.
November 6, 2014
[Tierney is] exceptional in the part, and far better than the legions of actresses who've subsequently set down the rolling pin and bouquet in favour of the ice pick.
November 6, 2014
The beautiful Tierney betrays her lovely countenance by playing one of the most evil creatures ever to slink across the screen.
November 17, 2011
[T]his poison-apple parable contains at its center a slinky femme fatale with a steadfast belief in all-embracing damnation.
August 16, 2010
One of the most intensely cruel and lurid film noir ever made, John Stahl's excessive melodrama features Gene Tierney in an Oscar nominated performances as a cold-blooded murderess.
April 12, 2009
Mental illness never looked so seductive or bit with such a ferocious over-bite as from Gene Tierney's demented character.
March 6, 2009
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 3, 2009
Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths.
March 2, 2009
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.
May 30, 2008
Has emotional power in the jealousy theme but it hasn't been as forcefully interpreted by the leads as it could have been in more histrionically capable hands.
October 19, 2007
Everything is beautiful in Leave Her to Heaven. In fact, too beautiful.
September 18, 2007
A fevered yet clinical study of jealousy, Leave Her to Heaven is probably John M. Stahl's best-known film.
June 24, 2006
Stahl is totally in control, his precise pacing and compositions lending a persuasive dimension of amour fou, while Leon Shamroy's camerawork makes each image a purring pleasure on the eye.
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