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Peyton Place Reviews

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January 30, 2012
Peyton Place, with its myriad plot threads and cast of characters is a rollicking good yarn with obvious melodramatic tensions borne from some very juicy themes.

TV Guide
January 30, 2012
This is the kind of hypertensive trash that gives melodrama a bad name, cynically tempering its naughty bits with smug moralizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
Under Mark Robson's direction, every one of the performers delivers a topnotch portrayal.
Steve Crum
May 25, 2007
See it for 1950s' sexual mores if nothing else.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
October 8, 2006
Mark Robson's Hollywood version is far more enjoyable than the Grace Mattallius's trashy novel it's based upon, a quintessential small-town movie that in morality and other issues is sort of an ideological summation of the entire decade.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It comes with its full quota of sex, conspiracy and violence, but the story is told in such circumspect fashion that next to nobody was offended.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2005
Effective melodrama with some satisfying emotional confrontations, particularly from Lana Turner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 15, 2005
It's by turns gripping and silly. I suppose that's what makes good soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
September 22, 2004
Shows America's beauty through its warts and blemishes, something that even today is often overlooked.
| Original Score: 83/100
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2004
The elements and storylines that ended up watered-down are to the detriment of the film's overall effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 20, 2004
Though a contemporary audience would hardly find Peyton Place shocking today, what is intriguing is that audiences in 1957 would not have found it shocking either.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 13, 2003
Carregado de tensão sexual, o filme analisa os intensos conflitos que ocorrem sob a superfície pacata de uma cidadezinha e impressiona graças às fortes atuações - não é à toa que cinco integrantes do elenco foram indicados ao Oscar.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's corn in the grand style, much of it delivered with sweep and conviction, and the intrigues come thick and fast.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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