Leave Her to Heaven
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Gene Tierney portrays a beautiful but unstable woman who marries successful novelist Cornel Wilde. Tierney wants to spend all her time with her new husband, but finds it impossible to do so thanks to his work and the frequent visits of family and friends. When Wilde's crippled younger brother (Darryl Hickman) comes to the couple's summer house to stay, Ms. Tierney indirectly causes the boy to drown. Later, upon discovering that she's pregnant, Tierney deliberately falls down the stairs, choosing to miscarry rather than share her husband's affections with an infant. When it… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stahl's use of space and the performances in Leave Her to Heaven...suggest he was at least the equal of the much-exalted Sirk as an artist of melodrama."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"As for the brother's death, with Ellen looking on coolly in white robe and shades, it remains one of the most perturbing in the history of Hollywood."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"[Tierney is] exceptional in the part, and far better than the legions of actresses who've subsequently set down the rolling pin and bouquet in favour of the ice pick."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Mental illness never looked so seductive or bit with such a ferocious over-bite as from Gene Tierney's demented character."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Notable for its exquisite Technicolor cinematography, used in direct contrast to the story's dark, noirish qualities."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A 'film noir in color' and a masterpiece of post-WWII American cinema."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Has emotional power in the jealousy theme but it hasn't been as forcefully interpreted by the leads as it could have been in more histrionically capable hands."
‑ , Variety
"The beautiful Tierney betrays her lovely countenance by playing one of the most evil creatures ever to slink across the screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Everything is beautiful in Leave Her to Heaven. In fact, too beautiful."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Though the story is involving enough to make this film a classic, it is perhaps more rightly renowned for its Technicolor cinematography and original set and costume design."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Stahl is totally in control, his precise pacing and compositions lending a persuasive dimension of amour fou, while Leon Shamroy's camerawork makes each image a purring pleasure on the eye."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"One of the most intensely cruel and lurid film noir ever made, John Stahl's excessive melodrama features Gene Tierney in an Oscar nominated performances as a cold-blooded murderess."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A fevered yet clinical study of jealousy, Leave Her to Heaven is probably John M. Stahl's best-known film."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"A wonderfully absurd melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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