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: 100%

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
"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
"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
"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
"Most splash-color, outrageous soap ever; Tierney is fabulous"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"It may be absurd, and even risible, but its single-minded concentration has its own kind of fascination and power."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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
"Classic story of the ultimate narcissist."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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