Mildred Pierce Reviews

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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.
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
The archetypal Joan Crawford movie.
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.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
March 25, 2006
Joan Crawford is playing a most troubled lady, and giving a sincere and generally effective characterization of same.
June 15, 2005
Though all of its craft is accomplished, Mildred Pierce never gets deep under one's skin the way it ought to.
June 12, 2005
It shows its age in some scenes...yet it survives them all with its riveting performances.
April 7, 2005
October 23, 2004
Great middle-period Crawford, strong story
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