Mildred Pierce Reviews
October 19, 2020
...this B&W classic retains its own strengths as deluxe vintage melodrama.
May 7, 2020
Sacrificial motherhood meets film noir to result in one of the most memorable screen mothers in "Mildred Pierce."
June 4, 2019
Remains one of Hollywood's great melodramas, a rich and psychologically astute work whose power still resonates today.
February 6, 2019
Joan Crawford shines in the role of Mildred; a hard-working, pie making, shoulder pad wearing and determined mother.
November 1, 2018
Mildred Pierce is a film that defies typical genre classification for its era.
August 17, 2018
Crawford is always mesmerizing, steely and teary as she is manipulated, accused of murder and circled by men who are stolid...crass...or emollient.
August 13, 2018
This great film is a more subtle, nuanced beast than expected.
January 8, 2018
Joan Crawford presents a consistent and sustained characterisation of the harassed Mrs. Pierce fighting against relentless spiritual degradation.
March 16, 2017
You don't think of Michael Curtiz, the great house director of Warner Bros. spectacles and prestige pictures, as one of the great noir directors but the opening twenty minutes or so is a master class in film noir directing...
February 28, 2017
The tragedy of Mildred Pierce is an essential film noir.
May 20, 2013
Considered a film noir classic, it is more of a soap opera, despite the fact that the story revolves around a murder mystery. It is a story which artfully combines cynicism and sentimentality.
August 31, 2012
The production, mainly because of Michael Curtiz's direction, is unimaginative and badly hoked-up.
July 25, 2011
All this is good melodrama and fair entertainment, but it is much closer to the waltz-time schmalz of Kathleen Norris than to the fox-trot brass of James M. Cain.
March 25, 2009
Joan Crawford gives one of her most iconic (Oscar-winning) performances in Michael Curtiz's quintessential film noir and woman's picture of the 1940s.
October 17, 2007
An undisputed classic.
October 17, 2007
A class feature, showmanly produced by Jerry Wald and tellingly directed by Michael Curtiz.
August 7, 2006
A hearty genre pic fraught with tense social/sexual anxieties.
June 24, 2006
The film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous.
March 25, 2006
Joan Crawford is playing a most troubled lady, and giving a sincere and generally effective characterization of same.