The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

In The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, relationships formed in childhood lead to murder and obsessive love. Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) causes the death of her Aunt (Judith Anderson) and inherits a fortune. The only witness, her childhood love… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

A gripping film noir, all the more effective for being staged by Milestone as a steamy romantic melodrama.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Vintage thriller that too often veers more toward mopey melodrama than sizzling film noir.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Buscando ecoar o infinitamente superior Pacto de Sangue (também com Stanwyck), o filme desperta interesse por sua moral ambígua, mas se enfraquece em função do final implausível. Mas Douglas impressiona já em sua estréia.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Pervaded by his guilty-liberal fascination with power and money.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the most effective and underrated noirs of that classic era.

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Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com

A forgotten classic with great stars, get reminded...

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is one of those really dark films noir that tends to get away with more than it seems to be getting away with.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though well-crafted, this potboiler is a second-tier film noir, mostly known for featuring Kirk Douglas screen debut, as Stanwyck's weakling hubby; in a few years, Douglas will develop his more characteristic persona as a tough, tenacious he-man.

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Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com

slick entertainment with a taut narrative and shrewd direction

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
I liked this movie, it's suspenseful and has a good story and good actors too. It doesn't list Kirk Douglas, but he's in the movie too.
Ken Stachnik
This movie has possibly the most mela-dramatic music ever. Acting is solid all round, and the direction is great. Unfortunately the story is the big let down… More
Devon Bott
Martha Ivers, as you will learn in the first 10 minutes of this movie, is crazy. As a young teen, she makes repeated attempts to run away from her stodgy and… More
Lanning : )
This is less a showcase of Barbara Stanwyck than it is a memorable screen debut for Kirk Douglas. But if you like Stanwyck, this is definitely worth the watch.… More
Randy Tippy
Whether its paperback fiction like <i>Lady of Burlesque</i>, or a tear-jerker like <i>Stella Dallas</i>, or the noir-ish suspense of… More
jay nixon
Barbara is evil as only she can be