What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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As a child, Baby Jane Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then, one night in the early '30s, came the accident, which crippled Blanche for life and which was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying L.A. mansion. When Jane isn't tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Aldrich's direction and dynamite performances from the two old troupers make this film an experience."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"There is nothing particularly moving or significant about these two."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The on-screen fireworks were reportedly fuelled by off-screen hatred, but the chemistry between the stars is unquestionably hair-raising and upped the Gothic stakes to camp shock levels."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The ultimate camp-Gothic bitchfight. Vastly entertaining."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Depending on your sensibilities, the film is either a black camp comedy or psychological horror %u2013 either way, it's hugely entertaining"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The chain of circumstances grows, violence creating violence. Once the inept, draggy start is passed, the film's pace builds with ever-growing force."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Gorgeously atmospheric in both the visuals and the soundtrack, and it's a marathon of high-impact Grand Dame acting."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"There are plenty of thrills and no shortage of suspense in this darkly comic horror film."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Little White Lies
"Remains a masterclass in 'uglying up' and a relevant comment on the destructive nature of celebrity."
‑ Jane Crowther, Total Film
"The 1930s Lugosi/Karloff match-ups at Universal Studios only suggested the potential of what a decades-long feud like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford could produce."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"The Grand Guignol elements themselves are relatively forced and unconvincing."
‑ , Time Out
"[A] frightening, darkly comic picture ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Remains fascinatingly warped: an extended study in decaying flesh, set to a score mordantly trying to break into Hooray for Hollywood."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"[VIDEO] "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" is a legendary thriller worthy of its two great stars."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's still vivid, barnstorming stuff."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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