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All About Eve

1950
Drama
2h 18m
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Rated 18 Dec 2007
3
38th
This is one of the best scripts ever written; it's of such high quality that every actor and actress comes across like Olivier, which is not to deny the excellence of their performances in their own right, just that every line from their mouths is pretty much absolutely perfect. It may be the best acting I've ever seen by an entire cast. The movie is unremarkable in some of its other aspects, and it isn't the most rewatchable movie, but you should definitely see it once.
Rated 30 May 2010
90
93rd
One of the best dialogue films of all time. Yes it's about an aging actress, but she does so with style even if it is at an oblique angle, and she doesn't resort to denial. Her love relationship is not really believable, but the dialogue between them makes up for it. George Sanders is absolutely perfect with his glib zingers and droll observations, and Marilyn Monroe solidified the dumb blond archetype with this role. It is indeed a bumpy, enjoyable (ride). 6 Oscars including Best Picture.
Rated 07 Feb 2007
95
98th
As entertaining as it gets, this film amazes by its brilliance: awesome performances by the whole cast (with Davis in top form), an amazing script and excellent directing. Go see it now.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
85th
Bullshit, it's all about Margo. Eve is great too, of course, but I actually thought some parts of her character arc were among the less successful parts of the movie. Didn't her change from humble servant to conniving bitch seem a bit abrupt? Her lying about her background early on shows that she had that in her all along, but she brought it all out without much warning. Her rise to fame after a single major performance seemed a bit abrupt too. I won't let any of that ruin the movie though.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
100
98th
One of the few Best Picture winners that really deserved it - a great story with a fabulous script and talented cast. The film's at its most entertaining on repeat viewings when the audience can pick up on extremely subtle sexual subtexts.
Rated 16 Jan 2020
88
91st
Gosh, what can be said about this that hasn't already? When a great cast collides with an excellent script it doesn't matter how bland or uninspiring Mankiewicz's directorial style is; With Dialogue this sharp and witty, and with characters this charismatic, complex, and multi-dimensional, I could've watched these characters intrique, blackmail and backstab each other for another 2 hours.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
91
87th
All About Eve is a great movie that is led by women. As strange as that may sound, and also as sexist as that may sound, there really aren't a lot of amazing movies that don't have some male lead to them. This is one heck of a drama; intense, brutal, and honest. It's one of the best acted films I've ever seen.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
98
97th
Very talky indeed, but what magnificent talk!
Rated 07 Mar 2008
86
84th
Bette Davis gives a fantastic performance as Margo Channing in an extremely memorable role. Anne Baxter is fantastic as well. All About Eve is really entertaining and has a fantastic script to back things up with extremely memorable performances.
Rated 06 Jun 2010
90
96th
All three leading female actresses are magnificent - particularly Davis. The script is also masterful - it completely nails both the humor and the drama. A well-told story with highly memorable and synergistic acting performances.
Rated 14 Oct 2009
4
74th
Wicked and witty. What a showcase of text and performance.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
69th
Great film, but probably not one I would bother to watch again. Good cast, good acting, good story, just not the kind of movie that I generally go for. Nitpicky comment: there's one scene with some of the worst rear projection I've ever seen.
Rated 22 Feb 2011
60
12th
Bette Davis delivers a convincing performance as Margo Channing.That's about all I liked about this film.I thought the dialogue was long winded and pretentious, the acting was over-dramatic and the film itself was overlong, slow and most of the time boring.
Rated 13 Jun 2009
100
99th
Masterpiece of cinema. Bette Davis is simply superb and Celeste Holm, Goerge Sanders and Anne Baxter are wonderful. Mankiewicz is a creative and original writer that is very underrated and not talked about today. This film is definatley one of the most quoatable films of all time.
Rated 07 Apr 2008
90
85th
To be sure, this movie was a 'comeback' vehicle of sorts for Davis, and it served her well. The writing was excellent, the performances were were even better. Who knew Anne Baxter could be such a bitch? Who knew Bette Davis could be so cool? Who knew Marilyn Monroe would become...well...MARILYN MONROE from her bit part in this movie? I guess my only complaint is that I would've liked to see a bit more bite from Davis' character when Eve's motives were revealed, but fuck it. Watch this flick!
Rated 21 Jun 2010
93
80th
The cynicism of this movie is something I found very appealing. I was very satisfied with what became of the seemingly innocent, idealistic Eve.
Rated 03 Nov 2008
5
80th
One of the best ensemble cast I've seen - Holm, Davis, & Sanders are the stand-outs but there's not a part even slightly miscast. Rarely disappoints and has a wild pace for a movie of its length. The turn for Eve is played out much better then expected, and made the first part more acceptable in retrospect. [lmao at that rear projection shot FFD pointed out]
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
96th
Simply perfect. Bette Davis in the role of a lifetime as Margo Channing, the aging star of the stage. I could watch this entertaining masterpiece over and over!
Rated 11 Nov 2007
85
66th
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." Funny & a little scary. Anne Baxter is amazing as a ruthless, ruthless person.
Rated 13 Mar 2014
80
89th
A great start that peters off to a pretty good finish. The script is excellent but meanders and changes focus of characters a little too loosely for my tastes. Also, every man in the film looks like every other man in the film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Brilliant writing and great acting. A true favorite, and infinitely rewatchable.
Rated 08 Sep 2018
75
64th
A good film, but it never reaches that next level for me. Like, everything about this is good. What do you want me to say? Bette Davis is an absolute delight.
Rated 14 Jun 2014
84
67th
i was expecting a light-hearted comedy and instead got a rather sinister drama about the filthiest inner workings of fame, wealth and unbridled ambition. it was a bit simplistic at times, but still rather dark. the script was structurally air-tight. some of tropes felt outdated, but i didn't mind given the release date. my biggest concern was with the naivete of the celebrities at allowing strange fans into their lives. maybe that was the norm then, but watching it in 2014 felt implausible.
Rated 18 Oct 2010
81
73rd
Sublime script where every single line is pretty much perfect. The only problem is the rest of the movie is very average and not at all re-watchable.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
80
68th
Now this is a chick flick. The strongest characters are all women except for Addison deWitt, and only because he can fling vitriol even better than they can. The fur flies. A good time is guaranteed for all.
Rated 14 Jun 2012
85
87th
This ended up being one of the few times I've gone into a movie having no idea what it was about. I had only heard it was good but knew nothing of the story. Imagine my (pleasant) surprise on how dark it ended up being. For whatever reason I never expect things like that out of older movies. Definitely worth a watch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Simply a masterpiece. One of the best film writings ever, full of memorable quotes, with Bette Davis, Sanders and Baxter making their best.
Rated 08 Mar 2011
77
72nd
Watch enough modern films and it's easy to forget how wonderfully witty the scripts could be in this period of moviemaking. The dialogue crackles off the pages and the actors deliver it with the right amount of flair and glee. The story as a whole didn't really affect me that much, the running time seems a tad too long and Eve's revelations were a bit hard to swallow. Still, it's a stylish look at fame and the devious ways in which some people try to achieve it.
Rated 09 Jul 2014
6
83rd
i'm getting increasingly cynical of classic hollywood, but try as i might it's hard to ignore such outstanding dialogue in this film about ambition. the elliptical narrative was a wee bit cheeky, but i'll let that go. rather difficult to ignore comparison to sunset blvd, released in the same year.
Rated 13 Apr 2010
90
79th
Doesn't have much of a rewatch value, but still the script is excellent.
Rated 26 May 2010
93
94th
It's one of those movies that seem boring if you're not really into it. But the dialogue and writing is consistently superb, which kept my interest.
Rated 02 Jul 2010
85
79th
Can a script be TOO perfect? True, these characters are aristocratic theater socialites, but the dialog from every single character is just too consistently clever and intelligent. But that's not really a major gripe, just more of an observation. The script truly is good, and the performances to back it up are great as well. Bette Davis of course steals the show as the aging actress. She comes across so genuine. Despite my small nitpick, this is a very good movie.
Rated 03 Sep 2009
100
95th
One of the wittiest (and most cynical) flicks of all time. Satirical, darkly funny view of the theatre world features exceptional work by Davis, Sanders, and Ritter.
Rated 31 Aug 2007
97
90th
I've known several "Eve's" in the theater - they turn up even in summer stock!
Rated 30 Jan 2009
100
97th
I detest cheap sentiment, and I love this movie.
Rated 06 Jul 2011
91
87th
All About Eve with intriguing plot, well balanced story pace, smart dialogues and terrific performance from the whole cast team, looks more like a theatrical play, sometimes even too much, which you can watch without paying for the theater ticket. Perfect example of the movie where actors' performance stands on the first place. And Eve, what a nasty evil in flash. 18th line in AFI's villains list - 100% deserved.
Rated 22 Sep 2018
76
82nd
Great mix of authentic drama and campy melodrama with a noir feeling to it and a sardonic touch. Great writing. Great acting. I don't buy all the homosexual subtext people try to force onto the movie. It's seriously far-fetched and for every "clue" there is a much better explanation anyone's common sense should pick up on. If one paid attention and wasn't looking for such things in the first place. This movie isn't about homosexuality. It's about men and women and the entertainment business.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
5
56th
Overrated. Don't get me wrong, it's decent; the acting, the story, the dialogue, all are good although I do disagree that the script is phenomenal, it never reaches the heights of Billy Wilder or Tennessee Williams, just merely rises above average. The direction is very boring though and keeps the story from being very compelling.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
90
96th
utterly astounding writing and acting. George Sanders acted the hell out of Addison DeWitt.
Rated 31 Aug 2015
60
48th
You can't stand a great film just on dialogue.
Rated 17 Apr 2007
92
93rd
# 74
Rated 18 Jan 2012
70
67th
It's about fame, narcissism and betrayal. Indeed, it says a lot about the sometimes backstabbing world of show business. Both Bette Davis and Anne Baxter did fantastic jobs as their respective characters. It had a great ending too.
Rated 02 May 2011
90
97th
"All About Eve" is all about a brilliant performance and an exhilarating script set in the service of a slightly above-average story. Bette Davis shines as a declining diva, while Sanders and the rest all deliver remarkable performances. The script is truly one of the wittiest ever written -some times, even exceedingly so. However, the story, although always engaging, never becomes fascinating. Sure, the delicious dialogue and the acting are enough to make the film great -but a masterpiece? No.
Rated 06 Sep 2010
98
72nd
A surprisingly great film
Rated 11 Oct 2013
7
67th
A great movie about power and posturing.
Rated 21 Nov 2012
60
12th
Soapy frivolous plot. Yuck. Still, i enjoyed George Sanders' calculated smugness. And Bette Davis, man. She's priceless, but what else is new?
Rated 11 Mar 2023
100
82nd
Obra maestra de Mankiewicz sobre los entresijos y miserias del mundo del teatro.Especialmente recordada por el brillante guión y las interpretaciones de Bette Davis y Anne Baxter cuyo trabajo le valió un Oscar.Nunca una aspirante a estrella fue tan ambiciosa y rastrera.Irrepetible.
Rated 26 Jan 2011
86
75th
Drives me crazy when otherwise-solid movies draaaag out their "clever" final shot.
Rated 21 May 2018
88
98th
Searing, hilarious, dark, and beautifully written, directed, and performed. A classic for a reason.
Rated 25 Sep 2016
80
78th
Another Old Hollwood classic wth snarky dialogue. Awesome.
Rated 22 Jan 2014
100
98th
Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.
Rated 02 Oct 2015
87
90th
Brilliant script with great dialogue. Eve is a terrible person in all the right ways, and Baxter knocks it out of the park. Not that Davis and Sanders are any bad, mind you. Probably a bit long but it more than makes up for it.
Rated 11 Mar 2022
81
78th
First and foremost, this is an incredibly well-written movie. Not every writer has the ability to make every scene of a movie interesting and connected. Even more, there are a lot of memorable lines. Showing the ending in the first scene -well, part of the ending- helps build and increase the tension in every scene. Bette Davis gives an amazing theatrical performance as a star of the theatre.
Rated 21 Mar 2016
97
95th
No better screenplay has ever been written; no better performance has ever been given than Bette Davis's. Add to that a handful of other great performances, economical camerawork that is telling and bold when it needs to be, and the film's unshakable sense of confidence about what it wants to be, and you have what is simply one of the best movies ever made. (And I have to say it because the opposite is said so often - this is a far, far superior film to Sunset Boulevard.)
Rated 08 Oct 2011
80
91st
Killer script and an excellent performance from Bette Davis. Much better than I was expecting.
Rated 12 Nov 2007
100
84th
Excellent. A biting script, a remarkable acting ensemble, enorumously entertaining story lines, and an incredible amount of emotion explode in a film that has resonated throughout the ages
Rated 02 Apr 2024
98
97th
Rated 28 Jun 2012
1
0th
Oh god, that horrible, horrible rear projection shot. You'll know it when you see it. Anyways - it's a bit long, but otherwise the dialogue is so goddamn sharp and the acting so strong (Davis and Sanders particularly) that it really is a fun movie that's going to hold up for a long time. It's refreshing to see such a good film from 1950 that's about women. Score is not a grade.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
90
97th
With a great script, a truly fantastic performance by Bette Davis and an excellent supporting cast (including George Sanders, Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm and Gregory Ratoff), "All About Eve" is a triumphantly absorbing watch.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
96
93rd
# 83
Rated 02 May 2010
89
93rd
This film is really about the performance, especially Davis, who is very real and relatable. The music and cinematography are disappointingly heavy handed.
Rated 04 Jun 2023
90
94th
Rated 09 Nov 2012
98
99th
Close to if not the single greatest script of all time. Intensely dramatic and extremely funny when it wants to be with great performances all around - especially from Bette Davis whose turn as an aging star is probably the best of her career. Plus, any film that gives George Sanders significant screen time automatically goes up by about 10 points. Absolutely amazing movie.
Rated 14 Dec 2010
88
90th
Brilliant script and superb performances by both Davis and Baxter.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
94
96th
what a wonderful story, acting, directing and etc. Just perfect.
Rated 29 Nov 2015
86
82nd
My feelings towards this movie are complex. Much of the time, I'm not sure whether it criticizes unfair gender standards or enforces them. Are we to pity Eve, or simply assume that whatever emptiness she feels in the end is her own fault? It's enormously well-acted, that's for sure, and well-directed (check out the subtle but intense glances from Eve, here and there). Bette Davis gets a lot of good lines, and makes a lot of good points - but then she gets married, and disappears. I don't know.
Rated 22 May 2013
90
90th
The script is pretty much perfection, and that final act caught me off-guard so many times each of which was breathtaking. The coda is brutal and incredibly fitting: the cycle will just keep on repeating itself. Rising to fame isn't easy, after all.
Rated 20 Dec 2010
64
75th
Eve Harrington scares me when she stops acting, which is an added complement to Anne Baxter's performance. That's complemented by Bette Davis' outstanding performance and the well written dialog. It has some issues, and it almost feels like it was more designed for the stage than for film. But it's still an overall great movie.
Rated 28 Jun 2010
30
16th
No. The one movie I just can't bring myself to like. Story of a paranoid actress and a young girl who tries to do her best.
Rated 10 Apr 2010
90
51st
Excellent acting and (dense) writing. Probably should watch it once again sometime to get more out of it.
Rated 07 Feb 2016
50
30th
It's well done, but it's just a theatre melodrama and I can't say I cared about anything that was happening here.
Rated 01 Nov 2011
89
88th
such a good script with good act!!!
Rated 12 Nov 2007
100
87th
This is one perfect movie! Great acting, a biting script, flawless directing, and a potent set of indeiible characters make for one enjoyable and touching film
Rated 25 Jul 2012
82
85th
An essential piece in the "meta-film" canon which explores in great depth the role of an actress on stage or screen and the ways in which life's relationships can imitate art. The performances from Baxter and Davis are top-notch but truthfully it's the script, with its many levels of complexity and impeccable structure and narration, that is exemplary. The lavish production and lush photography and framing cement this film, in my mind, as one of the quintessential Classical Hollywood pictures.
Rated 04 Mar 2011
40
19th
You can't really deny that the performances are strong, but you CAN deny that the script was well written. It's wordy. It's pretentious. But like, University undergrad pretentious. All of the needless Macbeth references. Character names as literary allusions. Infuriating wordplay. I can totally understand why people like this movie, but I was distracted by the writing and totally unmoved by the story.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
89
75th
Bette Davis is so great in this film. Great script as well.
Rated 17 Aug 2011
91
95th
Perfect script. Fantastic performances. Beautiful ending.
Rated 28 Jul 2011
80
30th
bette davis makes this movie. she's without a doubt one of my favorite actresses of all time. she's sassy and dark and melancholy and she can hold her liquor. this is a perfect little treat about age and the paranoia of being 'replaced'. it's bette that brings it to life. it might be slow paced and you might wonder what it's doing, but it's one of those films that you have to reflect on in order to appreciate it.
Rated 28 Oct 2022
83
67th
Some elements are kind of unremarkable, but the brilliant script and Davis’ intense, wounded performance mean it still holds up nicely.
Rated 30 Aug 2023
79
84th
My Introduction to Bette Davis, and what an introduction! The rest of the cast is great too. The movie has a few weaker scene but is well worth the watch thanks to its well-written characters.
Rated 09 Mar 2018
80
80th
Margo: "Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be."
Rated 31 Oct 2021
100
87th
A very captivating black-and-white movie. It was really fun observing the characters their motives. A good movie portraying people in their facade slowly turning to their real colors.
Rated 09 Mar 2017
93
78th
A-
Rated 15 Apr 2017
97
99th
Flawlessly acted and impeccably written, All About Eve is one of the most entertaining films to come out of the 1950s.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
96
92nd
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Rated 10 Jun 2021
2
39th
Quite plodding. Some clever lines, but the narrative is uninteresting, the acting uneven; and the direction uninteresting.
Rated 17 Jun 2011
7
72nd
Good, with quite a few very well placed zingers, but still overpraised. Additionally, Bette Davis is so good here that the film loses something everytime she's not on screen. Doesn't help that Anne Baxter never makes a good argument as to why everyone would be so fascinated by a character as vapid as Eve, who only becomes interesting once her mask comes off.
Rated 13 Apr 2014
76
69th
A bit long for its own good IMO, but this film is worth watching for Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. There's some good supporting performances too. I liked the ending also.
Rated 28 Apr 2019
80
51st
great film. would've been more effective if i saw this one before 'the clouds of sils maria' which is about the same subject.
Rated 14 Sep 2011
90
89th
Surprised at how disturbing this was.
Rated 04 Feb 2021
95
58th
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Rated 25 Sep 2007
90
95th
Although I still think it would've been better if Eve hadn't even been aware of her evil influence. If she had never made that confession at the end...
Rated 26 Jun 2011
82
71st
Maybe this is just me or maybe it's because I was really tired when I watched this so I can't really give it a fair score. But I found this movie to be quite boring and drawn out. Overall though; the characters, the dialogue and the story in general were all amazing, it was excellently acted too, Davis and Baxter were especially great. The ending was very, very good.
Rated 11 Dec 2012
79
87th
It took me a while to get into it, but I really enjoyed it by the end. All of the characters were well-written and fleshed out. Particularly impressive to have 3 multidimensional women in a film from 1950. Not a movie I'd recommend to a casual movie fan, but definitely something any film lover should see.
Rated 08 Jun 2011
84
52nd
Smart, with cracking dialogue and some terrific acting. I still don't like Eve's transition itself, though.
Rated 26 Jan 2021
5
88th
Can a movie be timeless? Yes, it certainly can. And this is one of them. Do watch.
Rated 13 Feb 2015
90
84th
Bette Davis gjør en fantastisk rolle som den stadig mer paranoide divaen denne filmen handler om. Ikke spesielt original, men sterke skuespillerprestasjoner og godt manus gjør at jeg setter veldig pris på denne filmen. Treffer en sårhet ikke så mange filmer fra denne perioden gjør.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
15
81st
Star Rating: ★★★★
Rated 20 Nov 2012
37
31st
what an overblown bunch of tory bullshit. if you ever want to get a kid to hate ~The Theatre~ forever, show them this movie. it's a well made picture and Bette Davis is spectacular, but come on.
Rated 15 Mar 2019
98
97th
98.00

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