Dark Victory
Dark Victory (1939)

A classic tear-jerker, Dark Victory is set apart by Bette Davis's tour-de-force performance as a willful, hedonistic socialite whose life and attitudes change dramatically after she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Soon after the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 23, 1997
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
Variety

Guilty pleasure: One of Warner's best acted melodramas and Bette Davis's all-time favorite, in which she lives hard but dies in dignity as an heiress gone blind. Also Davis revenge as Tallulah Bankhead failed to bring the role to life in the 1934 play.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Naught but a torrid melodrama, but oh! what a humdinger of a melodrama it is! It's films like this that give trash a good name.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of Bette Davis' best acted, most enjoyable melodrama, in which she gloriously plays a dying blind woman.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Bette Davis loses her sight, and we gain a classic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A classic women's pic that strings together a collection of syrupy clichés that can make a real man double up in pain.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

Even by the standards of a typical Bette Davis melodrama Dark Victory is an embarrassment of riches.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Bette Davis's frisky sprint sets the pace

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's horribly dated, playing today like some weird, contrived burlesque of common sense.

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

What happens when a three-hankie picture just isn't that sad? You get Dark Victory.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A woman discovers that she has a brain tumor and falls in love with her doctor. When viewed vis a vis Ikiru, Akira Kurosawa's brilliant film, Dark Victory… More
Devon Bott
Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is rich and young, but also has been having dizzy/ fainting spells. She is all but dragged to the local brain surgeon, Dr.… More
AJ Verser
This is a good movie, with good actors, and a good story. It's a dramatic and exciting thriller. I saw it a while ago, but I remember it was good.
John Ballantine
A four hanky tearjerker...well if you are overly sensitive and weep when little children lose their balls down sewer drains. Make no mistake that Bette Davis is… More
Randy Tippy
"I think I'll have a large order of PROGNOSIS NEGATIVE." Bette Davis has a brain tumor and about 10 months to live. A classic that's… More
Alec Barniskis
Its a pretty silly melodrama that even Bette Davis' absurd acting choices can't save. On a side note, this film also features a terrible supporting… More