All About Eve 1950

Critics score:
100 / 100

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Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: All About Eve is not only a brilliant and clever portrait of an actress, it is a downright funny film, from its opening scene to the final fadeout. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: The hoped-for tone of Restoration comedy never quite materializes, perhaps because Mankiewicz's cynicism is only skin-deep, but the film's tinny brilliance still pleases. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Mankiewicz's 1950 gem is a wickedly cynical cocktail of laughter and deceit in which everyone has an angle to play. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood's midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A motion picture that, because of its priceless dialogue and unforgettable lead performance, will never lose its luster. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: [Bette Davis'] veteran actress Margo Channing in "All About Eve" (1950) was her greatest role. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: Is there anyone alive who hasn't seen All About Eve -- anyone who doesn't love movies, that is? Read more

TIME Magazine: It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue. Read more

Ben Walters, Time Out: Joseph L Mankiewicz's film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as [Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd], but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood. Read more

Robert Hatch, The New Republic: What makes the picture seem so good (what makes it eminently worth seeing) is the satirical touches in its detail and the performance of Bette Davis. Read more

Abel Green, Variety: The Zanuck production investiture is plush in every department. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: A fine Darryl Zanuck production, excellent music and an air of ultra-class complete this superior satire. The legitimate theatre had better look to its laurels. Read more