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All That Heaven Allows
One of director Douglas Sirk's best and most successful romantic soapers of the 1950s, All That Heaven Allows is predicated on a May-December romance. The difference here is that the woman, attractive widow Cary Scott (Jane Wyman), is considerably older than the man, handsome gardener-landscaper Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson). Sirk builds up sympathy for Cary by showing how empty her life has been since her husband's death, even suggesting that the marriage itself was no picnic. Throwing conventionial behavior to the winds and facing social ostracism, Cary pursues her romance with Ron, who is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hudson is handsome and somewhat wooden. Laconic of speech, and imbued with an angel's patience and understanding, it's at times hard to understand his passion for the widow, what with pretty girls just spoilingfor his attention."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A masterpiece (1955) by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood, Douglas Sirk."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Sirk benefited immeasurably from the fact that the chief subject of his crazy cinema was postwar America."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"One of Sirk's finest films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Yet another mystifyingly lionized Sirkian soaper."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Solid and sensible drama plainly had to give way to outright emotional bulldozing and a paving of easy clichés."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Works as a straightforward melodrama, but is so meticulously crafted by a visual master that it provides endless material for those who wish to mine for deeper social commentary."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A classic and beautiful film for those who love romantic stories"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"'Time, if anything, will vindicate Douglas Sirk,' wrote Andrew Sarris in 1968. He was right."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Quite involving, overblown emotion and all, particularly due to Wyman's gentle sincerity."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Beneath the stunningly lovely visuals -- all expressionist colours, reflections, and frames-within-frames, used to produce a precise symbolism -- lies a kernel of terrifying despair"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Proof that there is artistry and glory in a genre that never had to apologise for itself, not when it was this confident, beautiful, and good."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Romance novel in narrative this transcends its genre with visual depth and perceptive socio-cultural insights."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"When Carey (Jane Wyman) first visits the Andersons, friends of Ron (Rock Hudson), Thoreau's Walden is placed on the table. She then reads a passage in which he describes the "mass of men living lives of quiet desperation," a summation of her life."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The rich visual texture, using glorious Technicolor, and a soaring emotional score lend what is essentially a thin story a kind of epic tension."
‑ , Film4
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