Leave Her to Heaven
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) meets and falls desperately in love with Richard Harland (Cornell Wilde), an author who resembles her late father. Ellen is pathologically possessive of Richard, jealous of anyone who he pays the slightest… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 20, 1945
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Gothic psychologizing melodrama, so preposterously full-blown and straight-faced that it's a juicy entertainment.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

As for the brother's death, with Ellen looking on coolly in white robe and shades, it remains one of the most perturbing in the history of Hollywood.

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Richard Luck

[Tierney is] exceptional in the part, and far better than the legions of actresses who've subsequently set down the rolling pin and bouquet in favour of the ice pick.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Stahl's use of space and the performances in Leave Her to Heaven...suggest he was at least the equal of the much-exalted Sirk as an artist of melodrama.

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Has emotional power in the jealousy theme but it hasn't been as forcefully interpreted by the leads as it could have been in more histrionically capable hands.

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TV Guide

The beautiful Tierney betrays her lovely countenance by playing one of the most evil creatures ever to slink across the screen.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Stahl is totally in control, his precise pacing and compositions lending a persuasive dimension of amour fou, while Leon Shamroy's camerawork makes each image a purring pleasure on the eye.

Emanuel Levy

One of the most intensely cruel and lurid film noir ever made, John Stahl's excessive melodrama features Gene Tierney in an Oscar nominated performances as a cold-blooded murderess.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Loved it!
Randy Tippy
Gene Tierney's character gets my vote as the most cold-hearted, sociopathic, beautifully packaged villain to ever grace the silver screen. On a scale of… More
Kevin M. Williams
Gene Tierney plays the woman who's got it all ... except upstairs between her ears, and Cornel Wilde and Jeanne Crain endeavor mightily to tolerate her.… More
Aj V
This is probably Tierney's best performance ever! If you're a fan you must see this movie.
Pierluigi Puccini
Gene Tierney succeeds playing against character, substituting her angelic presence for a childish, treacherous and venomous femme fatale. Noir in blazing… More
Cindy I
You think you have a spiteful girlfriend? No you don't. Let Gene Tierney show you how it's done. She beautifully WICKEDLY plays a woman in love with… More