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February 6, 2013
An early, too simplistic Hollywood melodrama about split personality, well acted by Joanne Woodward in an Oscar-winning performance.
January 8, 2013
can't describe how great this movie is. everyone should see it.
December 15, 2012
I didn't like the revelation at the end (about what caused her split personalities*), but this was a a fairly straightforward--but good--look at something that's been done to death in the interim.

*SPOILER* I kept thinking it would be revealed that the split was caused by her obviously abusive husband. I forgot that this movie was made in 1957 when stuff like that was a bit more tolerated.
½ November 20, 2012
Disturbing view of mental illness-well-done by Joanne Woodward.
November 1, 2012
Good movie. A must see for clasic movie fans.
September 28, 2012
Joanne Woodward is brilliant.
½ September 18, 2012
Good gravy, what a ride.
September 8, 2012
Superb and unique film about a landmark psychological case of multiple personalities, founded on a masterful and insightful -- and ferociously entertaining -- performance by its genius star.
½ July 23, 2012
Joanne Woodward, Best Actress, 1957, as "Eve" in "The Three Faces Of Eve".

Joanne Woodward's performance is 5 star all the way, but for me, the movie as a whole wasn't quite as fantastic. A lot of the supporting performances were sub-par for me and just took away from the overall enjoyment of the movie. As well, the movie plays as somewhat dated now which may have also influenced my enjoyment of it.
½ July 6, 2012
Great, pulpy classic! The "slutty face" was my favorite.
June 17, 2012
Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for her portrayal of a woman with multiple personality disorder, and she wholly deserved it. Her triple turns as the three different personalities (the meek and defeated housewife Eve White; the wild and sexual Eve Black; the intelligent and grounded Jane) is nothing short of astounding. Unfortunately, this further perpetuates the stereotype that Best Actress performances are great performances in bad movies, and that's basically what this is. The film was considered daring in 1957 when it was released, but under the heavy-handed direction of Nunnally Johnson, the film comes close to collapsing. Whereas Woodward was given a difficult, adequately-written part, the other two primary actors are given the short end of the stick. Both great actors in their own rights, they are given next to nothing to work with here. David Wayne's Ralph is little more than a caricature, a slow-witted southern man who doesn't understand his wife's disease. Lee J. Cobb's Dr. Luther plays God on this whole affair, calling each of the three personalities at will, and with "of course," Eve obeys. The score is simply distracting, with harsh string tremolos every time a personality takes over. A wild and dirty clarinet plays whenever Eve Black takes over, and high, weeping strings accompany Eve White. The script is broad to a fault--first off, the names of the personalities. Of course, the dowdy housewife is Eve WHITE, and the wild and slutty one is Eve BLACK, and the one with literally no personality is given the filler name JANE. The script draws thick black lines down a sensitive topic, and the film as a whole suffers for it. If for anything, see this for Joanne Woodward. She is truly terrific.
½ June 13, 2012
joanne woodward's performance is fantastic, there's no denying that, but "the three faces of eve" is never as interesting, entertaining, or powerful as it could have been.
½ June 5, 2012
A woman, Eve (Joanne Woodward), is on the verge of her marriage disintegrating thanks to her mental problems, particularly schizophrenia. Her uncaring husband (David Wayne) brings her to a doctor (Lee J. Cobb) to cure of her of her psychological predicament. This results in her husband leaving her, taking the kids to Florida, as well as Eve finding a new man herself. When you look at other films dealing with schizophrenia, such as Hitchcock's "Psycho," they treat with fascinating and entertaining results. This one is just too simple in its treatment for the disease and the film is than enveloped by corniness. This includes Woodward's way over-the-top Oscar winning performance. Again, it is a film that tries, with some success, but mainly in a ridiculous and sometimes unintentionally funny way.
½ April 14, 2012
A movie to show your psychology class, but rarely enjoyable outside the classroom.
October 27, 2011
Joanne Woodward does an excellent acting job, playing three different personalities. Decent story, but it didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would. Still, it's a great idea and the story is executed fairly well.
½ September 26, 2011
Good performance from Joanne Woodward.
Super Reviewer
August 25, 2011
This film is the portrait of a woman with multiple personality disorder.
I think Ken Hanke of Mountain Xpress best summarizes my opinion of this film: "It once seemed daring[;] now it seems simplistic." At the time, 1957, this film probably portrayed a little-known condition with little-known Freudian treatment, so that the popular audience had to be assured of the subject's verisimilitude, hence the framing narrator vouching for the film's accuracy to a point that the narrator "doth protest too much methinks." But now, Eve's condition is portrayed more like Thing from another World with magical and threatening music toning in every time one of Eve's personalities appears. It becomes heavy-handed, and for an audience that has seen Raising Cain, among all the other films about multiple personalities, it's trite.
That said, Joanne Woodward is fantastic, fully creating each personality and delivering a performance that of the "they don't make 'em like that any more" variety. I also liked the film's feminist overtones. Ralph is an appropriate villain, and making him the villain, the film impugns patriarchal culture.
The story's construction is also faulty in parts. There's no need for Woodward's song, and who the hell is Earl? He suddenly appears like the deus ex machina he is, and we have no reason to think of him as a worthy goal.
Overall, The Three Faces of Eve is a film to see because it's a classic, but unlike most good classics, it has been imitated and refined to the point that it lost its originality and spark.
½ July 25, 2011
The Three Faces of Eve is wildly far fetched story of one woman's struggle with multiple personality disorder. While the story bears little to no truth of an actual case of multiple personality disorder case it does however offer some laughs and several high intensity moments. Joanne Woodward does an amazing job of her portrayal of Eve. Def worth a rental!
½ July 5, 2011
Woodward is so good.
May 29, 2011
The enigmatic Joanne Woodward plays three different personae in this fact based drama, and leads with precise perfection. Her sympathetic and excellent acting led for her to win an Academy Award, and it makes for a short but interesting drama.

It begins with exposition. A man explains the details of the case and narrates, which is probably the film's only drawback. These parts make the film seem a little more boring than it has to, but it doesn't affect it much.

The best part of the movie is that it plays it as a real life problem. It's not an outline for a fun and zany romantic comedy where a man has to juggle three different personalities, it's a depressing and interesting story about a woman struggling to live her life with these difficulties.

The acting makes for a fabulous watch, as Woodward is able to turn these personae on and off at the drop of a hat. Her performance is a great reason to watch this complex drama.
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