Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce (1945)

Joan Crawford gives an Academy Award winning performance in the title role of this melodramatic film noir. After Mildred's second husband is murdered, flashbacks reveal the events leading up to his death. A doting mother, Mildred rises… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 1945
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Manny Farber
The New Republic

The production, mainly because of Michael Curtiz's direction, is unimaginative and badly hoked-up.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A class feature, showmanly produced by Jerry Wald and tellingly directed by Michael Curtiz.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Joan Crawford presents a consistent and sustained characterisation of the harassed Mrs. Pierce fighting against relentless spiritual degradation.

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TIME Magazine

All this is good melodrama and fair entertainment, but it is much closer to the waltz-time schmalz of Kathleen Norris than to the fox-trot brass of James M. Cain.

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Time Out

The film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous.

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

You don't think of Michael Curtiz, the great house director of Warner Bros. spectacles and prestige pictures, as one of the great noir directors but the opening twenty minutes or so is a master class in film noir directing...

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The archetypal Joan Crawford movie.

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New York Times

Joan Crawford is playing a most troubled lady, and giving a sincere and generally effective characterization of same.

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Christopher Machell
CineVue

The tragedy of Mildred Pierce is an essential film noir.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
In an Oscar-winning performance, Crawford elevates this melodrama-noir that deserves credit for its splendid cinematography, mise-en-scčne and structure, but… More
Jeremy Smith
Ida Corwin: "Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young." Too right. Joan's master… More
KJ Proulx
The story of "Mildred Pierce," follows Mildred, a poor woman who is about to divorce her wealthy husband. Once this happens, she results to becoming a… More
Randy Tippy
Not to take anything away from Joan Crawford's performance, but this part had oscar written all over it regardless of who got cast. Strong, heroic female… More
Aj V
What a fantastic movie, I loved it, the story is great and the actors are even better! One of my favourite movies.
Devon Bott
Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford) launches herself off the screen like a female Citizen Kane, only her motivation for success is the love of her incredibly spoiled… More