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Valley of the Dolls
A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, Valley of the Dolls traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills, and men consume their lives. Well-bred, small-town Anne Welles (Peyton Place star Barbara Parkins) arrives in New York eager for fame but settles for a job assisting theatrical attorney Henry Bellamy (Robert H. Harris). The job leads her to cross paths with Helen Lawson (Hollywood veteran Susan Hayward), the grand dame of Broadway musicals, and Neely O'Hara (sitcom star Patty Duke), an up-and-coming performer whom Lawson unceremoniously boots from her latest… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too dull even to function as camp."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It tries to raise itself to the level of sophisticated pornography, but fails. And it is dirty, not because it has lots of sex in it, but because it firmly believes that sex is dirty."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The choice of Mark Robson, a talented Hollywood journeyman director, for this piece of nonsense was inspired."
‑ , Film4
"Based on Susann's steamy bestseller, this delightfully absurd and lurid saga of three girls in "corrupt and corrupting" Hollywood has become a cult classic due to its campy lines."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Absolute trash, but not without its cult appeal."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Jacqueline Susann's 'exposé' of Hollywood gets the cliché-ridden treatment it deserves from Robson."
‑ , Time Out
"Dark, campy melodrama with focus on sex and drugs."
‑ Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"Rent it and howl."
‑ Stephen Macmillan Moser, Austin Chronicle
"A lurid '60s sensation"
‑ Don Willmott,
"You'll need some kind of a pill to sit through this soap opera dreck."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's an unbelievably hackneyed and mawkish mish-mash of backstage plots and Peyton Place adumbrations."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"At the time sordid, now blase look at drug-infested Hollywood."
‑ Steve Crum,
"It's an okay premise, but it still is weighted down with so much of the 60s that I find it hard to relate."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"You won't want to miss a word of the deliciously bad dialogue in this Hollywood tale of twisted sisters."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Oh, it's a bad movie, but in a good way."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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