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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of Bette Davis' best acted, most enjoyable melodrama, in which she gloriously plays a dying blind woman."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Of interest to both Goulding and Davis fans...Dark Victory catches both of them operating at their best while also learning new tricks from each other."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"a soap opera, yes, but a pretty fine one"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Bette Davis loses her sight, and we gain a classic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A classic women's pic that strings together a collection of syrupy clichés that can make a real man double up in pain."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Even by the standards of a typical Bette Davis melodrama Dark Victory is an embarrassment of riches."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"A classic women's weeper with Bette Davis at her peak."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Dark Victory (1939) is a sentimental, tragic and moving melodrama ("woman's picture") from Warner Bros. studios"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Bette Davis's frisky sprint sets the pace"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's horribly dated, playing today like some weird, contrived burlesque of common sense."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"What happens when a three-hankie picture just isn't that sad? You get Dark Victory."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Classic glossy soaper that still works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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