Laura (1944)

This adaptation of Vera Caspary's suspense novel was begun by director Rouben Mamoulien and cinematographer Lucien Ballard, but thanks to a complex series of backstage intrigues and hostilities, the film was ultimately credited to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Consensus: A psychologically complex portrait of obsession, Laura is also a deliciously well-crafted murder mystery.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Few movies make you feel dirtier, and so perversely grateful for the pleasure.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A hypnotic and deathlessly interpretable experience.

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Fernando F. Croce

A feverish trance wrapped in a deadpan investigation

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TIME Magazine

A highly polished and debonair whodunit.

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Variety Staff

Gene Tierney makes an appealing figure as the art executive and Vincent Price is convincing as a weak-willed ne'er-do-well.

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Matthew Sorrento
Senses of Cinema

Preminger deals in facades, with how perception cheats us, right down to the ideal image of Laura as a portrait. (Cinémathèque Annotations on Film)

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Less a crime film than a study in levels of obsession, Laura is one of those classic works that leave their subject matter behind and live on the strength of their seductive style.

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Time Out

The plot is deliberately perfunctory, the people deliciously perverse, and the mise-en-scène radical.

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Emanuel Levy

Masterpiece: with time, Preminger's second film has become richer in texture and deeper, more ambiguous in meaning than most noirs of the 1940s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A good whodunit noir that, despite a plot weakened by contrivances (the worst being the detective falling in love with a dead woman's portrait), is… More
Daniel Perry
Really, there's one word in the film-making vocabulary that explains this movie: pacing. Among the founding texts of the noir genre with crackling dialogue… More
Jim Hunter
The presumed death of a woman spurs a detective's investigation of her life and his slowly burning affection for the victim. A classic noir story shot in… More
Steven Carrier
Otto Preminger's zippy little noir is a really engaging film. It probably features the best examples of the film noir sensibility, yes, even more so than… More
Spencer S.
One of the most classic and iconic of film noirs, "Laura" is oftentimes seen as much as a voyeuristic and tranquil love story as a thriller. This… More
Devon Bott
Director Otto Preminger weaves quite a spell in the 90 minutes it takes to tell the story of Laura, a murder mystery of the classic forties "noir"… More