The Lady Eve 1941

Critics score:
100 / 100

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TIME Magazine: The picture returns the lately heavily dramatic Barbara Stanwyck to glamor. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Now there's no question about it: Preston Sturges is definitely and distinctly the most refreshing new force to hit the American motion pictures in the past five years. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Preston Sturges extended his range beyond the crazy farces that had made his reputation with this romantic 1941 comedy, and his hand proved just as sure. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A movie like The Lady Eve is so hard to make that you can't make it at all unless you find a way to make it seem effortless. Preston Sturges does a kind of breathless balancing act here, involving romance, deception and physical comedy. Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: A beguilingly ribald sex comedy, spattered with characteristic Sturges slapstick. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Third writer-director effort of Preston Sturges [from a story by Monckton Hoffe] is laugh entertainment of top proportions with its combo of slick situations, spontaneous dialog and a few slapstick falls tossed in for good measure. Read more