Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves (1956)

Few actresses other than Joan Crawford could have successfully pulled off the melodramatic excesses of Autumn Leaves. Though a very attractive fortysomething, Crawford remains aloof from romance until she meets Cliff Robertson, a young man… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 1, 1956
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

It's a story about mental illness, which is presented with a terrifying frankness as well as a constructive view of psychotherapy at a time when it was often stigmatized.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though it's strictly soap opera, Joan Crawford lifts it higher than all the falling autumn leaves.

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Emanuel Levy

Robert Aldrich puts his signature grim and dark sensibility on this intense noir melodrama, starring Joan Crawford as an older career-driven femme falling for the younger and handsome Cliff Robertson, not realizing his mental problems.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

The collision of Aldrich's tough style with the soapy material makes for a film that never loses its queasy tension.

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Fernando F. Croce

Irresistible and perverse

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)


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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Veronique Kwak
"autumn leaves" is one of the best pictures for joan crawford's career in the 1950s with the patron of robert aldrich whose noirish masterpiece… More
jay nixon
Good latter day Joan, actually one of her better late middle period films before the descent into cheapjack horror.