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Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)



Critic Consensus: While campily and sweetly indulgent, Feud: Bette and Joan provides poignant understanding of humanity, sorrow, and pain while breezily feeding inquisitive gossip-starved minds.


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Bette and Joan, the first installment of the new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy, tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award®-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.


Jessica Lange
as Joan Crawford
Susan Sarandon
as Bette Davis
Alfred Molina
as Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci
as Jack Warner
Judy Davis
as Hedda Hopper
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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (35)

This first episode of Feud is a real treat - and not even a guilty one.

March 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Only two episodes have aired and Feud is already my favorite of Ryan Murphy's television panoply.

March 14, 2017 | Full Review…

One of Hollywood's most delicious pieces of folklore is here re-processed into absolute entertainment gold as Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange slip into the layered frocks of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford respectively.

March 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Nothing is spared in [Murphy's] approach to emulating the grand style of classic Hollywood movies, but somehow he manages to make it seem an authentic setting for these larger-than-life sparring movie queens.

March 10, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a juicy inside look at retro Hollywood that avoids "Mommy Dearest" excesses while still camping it up when appropriate.

March 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Its deft and satisfying first few episodes should please both the voyeurs and the feminists, and more importantly highlight how the two groups can overlap.

March 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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