The Lady Eve
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture returns the lately heavily dramatic Barbara Stanwyck to glamor."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Preston Sturges extended his range beyond the crazy farces that had made his reputation with this romantic 1941 comedy, and his hand proved just as sure."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This wonderfully witty masterpiece was written and directed by the inimitable Preston Sturges."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"One of those movies whose battle-of-the-sexes themes are still relevant more than 50 years on."
‑ , Film4
"...as powerful a feminist statement as it is a smart comedy, and all the more so for hardly seeming to break a sweat in the process."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A beguilingly ribald sex comedy, spattered with characteristic Sturges slapstick."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Fonda's gullibility is endearing, as is Stanwyck's inner turmoil over her chosen path vs. a womanly desire for stability."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"It's a masterclass in performance and directing -- and shows how romantic comedy is not for amateurs"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A wonderful picture set in a world of silly heirs and sharp-eyed dolls as remote from reality and yet wholly credible as that of P. G. Wodehouse."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Third writer-director effort of Preston Sturges [from a story by Monckton Hoffe] is laugh entertainment of top proportions with its combo of slick situations, spontaneous dialog and a few slapstick falls tossed in for good measure."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Now there's no question about it: Preston Sturges is definitely and distinctly the most refreshing new force to hit the American motion pictures in the past five years."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Top of the line Preston Sturges with wonderful Barbara Stanwyck and surprisingly funny Henry Fonda."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Preston Sturges' most brilliant film deftly combines deftly witty dialogue and slapstick comedy, splendidly acted not only by Stanwyck and Fonda but by every single member of the ensemble."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As usual with Sturges, you wonder how he was able to get away with so much innuendo during Hollywood's Hayes Code period."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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