Born to Be Bad
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Born to Be Bad
One of the most oft-revived of the pre-Technicolor Nicholas Ray efforts, Born to Be Bad offers us the spectacle of Joan Fontaine portraying a character described as "a cross between Lucrezia Borgia and Peg O' My Heart". For the benefit of her wealthy husband Zachary Scott and his family, Fontaine adopts a facade of wide-eyed sweetness. Bored with her hubby, she inaugurates a romance with novelist Robert Ryan. All her carefully crafted calculations come acropper when both men discover that she's a bitch among bitches. She might have gotten away with all her machinations, but… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a lively, vicious, and daring film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Trashy but stylishly entertaining melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lively romantic melodrama with a creative use of architecture."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Ray's interest in the psychological state of his protagonist and its relationship to visual style makes the film mesmerizing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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