All That Heaven Allows
All That Heaven Allows (1955)

One of director Douglas Sirk's best and most successful romantic soapers of the 1950s, All That Heaven Allows is predicated on a May-December romance. The difference here is that the woman, attractive widow Cary Scott (Jane Wyman), is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 9, 1955
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Hudson is handsome and somewhat wooden. Laconic of speech, and imbued with an angel's patience and understanding, it's at times hard to understand his passion for the widow, what with pretty girls just spoilingfor his attention.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A masterpiece (1955) by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood, Douglas Sirk.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Sirk benefited immeasurably from the fact that the chief subject of his crazy cinema was postwar America.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Solid and sensible drama plainly had to give way to outright emotional bulldozing and a paving of easy clichés.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Works as a straightforward melodrama, but is so meticulously crafted by a visual master that it provides endless material for those who wish to mine for deeper social commentary.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

A classic and beautiful film for those who love romantic stories

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Beneath the stunningly lovely visuals -- all expressionist colours, reflections, and frames-within-frames, used to produce a precise symbolism -- lies a kernel of terrifying despair

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Proof that there is artistry and glory in a genre that never had to apologise for itself, not when it was this confident, beautiful, and good.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Romance novel in narrative this transcends its genre with visual depth and perceptive socio-cultural insights.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite the fact that the two characters seem to fall in love in such an abrupt way, this is still an involving silky melodrama whose appeal is not hard to… More
KJ Proulx
One of the cheesiest, yet one of the most beautiful romance films I have ever seen. This film tells the tale of an older woman, as her family is not as happy as… More
Sophie Burgess
I don't quite know how to describe this. I watched it expecting nothing great and I still feel quite confused as to my feelings on it but I really enjoyed… More
Spencer S.
Far more progressive than many films of the decade, this film deals with the societal stance on May-December romances when an older, rich woman is involved with… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Some people never realize how society, traditions and values imprisons and forces them to conform with banality. A candid and romantic look of a taboo… More
Aj V
Most people point to this film as the greatest fifties melodrama, but that doesn't mean people have to like it, right? I think it's okay, but I… More