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Leave Her to Heaven Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
April 7, 2016
Gothic psychologizing melodrama, so preposterously full-blown and straight-faced that it's a juicy entertainment.
Richard Luck
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.

TV Guide
November 6, 2014
The beautiful Tierney betrays her lovely countenance by playing one of the most evil creatures ever to slink across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
Mental illness never looked so seductive or bit with such a ferocious over-bite as from Gene Tierney's demented character.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 3, 2009
Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
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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.
Paul Brenner
October 19, 2007
Everything is beautiful in Leave Her to Heaven. In fact, too beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2007
A fevered yet clinical study of jealousy, Leave Her to Heaven is probably John M. Stahl's best-known film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
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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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
A piece of cheap fiction done up in Technicolor and expensive sets.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2005
Notable for its exquisite Technicolor cinematography, used in direct contrast to the story's dark, noirish qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 30, 2004
A wonderfully absurd melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Most splash-color, outrageous soap ever; Tierney is fabulous
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 19, 2003
Classic story of the ultimate narcissist.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It may be absurd, and even risible, but its single-minded concentration has its own kind of fascination and power.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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