Peyton Place
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Grace Metalious' once-notorious bestseller Peyton Place is given a lavish -- and necessarily toned-down -- film treatment in this deluxe 20th Century-Fox production. Set during WWII, the film concentrates on several denizens of the outwardly respectable New England community of Peyton Place. Top-billed Lana Turner plays shopkeeper Constance McKenzie, who tries to make up for a past indiscretion -- which resulted in her illegitimate daughter Allison (Diane Varsi) -- by adopting a chaste, prudish attitude towards all things sexual. In spite of herself, Constance can't help but be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Under Mark Robson's direction, every one of the performers delivers a topnotch portrayal."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Peyton Place, with its myriad plot threads and cast of characters is a rollicking good yarn with obvious melodramatic tensions borne from some very juicy themes."
‑ , Film4
"Mark Robson's Hollywood version is far more enjoyable than the Grace Mattallius's trashy novel it's based upon, a quintessential small-town movie that in morality and other issues is sort of an ideological summation of the entire decade."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Shows America's beauty through its warts and blemishes, something that even today is often overlooked."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Carregado de tensão sexual, o filme analisa os intensos conflitos que ocorrem sob a superfície pacata de uma cidadezinha e impressiona graças às fortes atuações - não é à toa que cinco integrantes do elenco foram indicados ao Oscar."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It comes with its full quota of sex, conspiracy and violence, but the story is told in such circumspect fashion that next to nobody was offended."
‑ , Time Out
"This is the kind of hypertensive trash that gives melodrama a bad name, cynically tempering its naughty bits with smug moralizing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Effective melodrama with some satisfying emotional confrontations, particularly from Lana Turner."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The elements and storylines that ended up watered-down are to the detriment of the film's overall effect."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"It's corn in the grand style, much of it delivered with sweep and conviction, and the intrigues come thick and fast."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"See it for 1950s' sexual mores if nothing else."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It's by turns gripping and silly. I suppose that's what makes good soap."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Though a contemporary audience would hardly find Peyton Place shocking today, what is intriguing is that audiences in 1957 would not have found it shocking either."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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