Leave Her to Heaven Reviews

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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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
March 25, 2006
A piece of cheap fiction done up in Technicolor and expensive sets.
May 22, 2005
Notable for its exquisite Technicolor cinematography, used in direct contrast to the story's dark, noirish qualities.
February 21, 2005
Though the story is involving enough to make this film a classic, it is perhaps more rightly renowned for its Technicolor cinematography and original set and costume design.
December 30, 2004
A wonderfully absurd melodrama.
October 19, 2004
Most splash-color, outrageous soap ever; Tierney is fabulous
January 23, 2004
June 19, 2003
Classic story of the ultimate narcissist.
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