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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 director Otto Preminger and cameraman Joseph LaShelle (who won an Oscar for his efforts). At the outset of the film, it is established that the title character, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), has been murdered. Tough New York detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the killing, methodically questioning the chief suspects: Waspish columnist Waldo Lydecker… More

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"Few movies make you feel dirtier, and so perversely grateful for the pleasure."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"A hypnotic and deathlessly interpretable experience."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A feverish trance wrapped in a deadpan investigation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Preminger made darker, more characteristically noir films than this, but his only movie that's as good, or perhaps better, is Anatomy of a Murder."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Laura is still every bit as gripping in 2012."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A highly polished and debonair whodunit."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Gene Tierney makes an appealing figure as the art executive and Vincent Price is convincing as a weak-willed ne'er-do-well."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Preminger deals in facades, with how perception cheats us, right down to the ideal image of Laura as a portrait. (Cinémathèque Annotations on Film)"
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Senses of Cinema
"Will leave you drunk with delight."
‑ , This is London
"A thrilling, absorbing and original example of the genre; it's also beautifully shot, pure escapist entertainment."
‑ Sarah Cronin, Electric Sheep
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The plot is deliberately perfunctory, the people deliciously perverse, and the mise-en-scène radical."
‑ , Time Out
"Masterpiece: with time, Preminger's second film has become richer in texture and deeper, more ambiguous in meaning than most noirs of the 1940s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The dialogue is stinging and the performances to be savoured in a haunting study of romantic obsession that deserves its return to the big screen."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Not only one of Preminger's greatest, but one of the great noirs."
‑ Matthew Thrift, Little White Lies
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