Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage (1934)

This film stars Leslie Howard as sensitive, clubfooted artist-cum-med student Philip Carey. Despite his yearnings for the finer things in life, Carey cannot extricate himself from a mutually-destructive relationship with waitress Mildred… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 20, 1934
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Strictly so-so on its own terms, but invaluable as Bette Davis' star-launching platform.

Nick Davis
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Davis either grates or invigorates; either way, the rest of the movie hangs dully around her.

Emanuel Levy

The first and best of three Hollywood versions of Maugham's novel boasts a grand dramatic performance from Bette Davis, who scandalously was snubbed by the Academy; she was a write-in candidate for the Oscar.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Dated but compelling drama

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
The electrifying, larger than life persona of Bette Davis and her big swollen eyes are enough to captivate Leslie Howard's poor but well meaning sap, and… More
Aj V
I've heard a lot of good things about this movie, but when I saw it I didn't understand it. Maybe I need to see it again, but I really thought it was… More
Nicki Marie
I must have watched the worst copy of this going - one of those $2 store jobs with scratchy sound and picture, lines, blotches, you name it, and I still found… More
jay nixon
bette is an over the top harridan but as always she's compelling
Michael Gildea
Of Human Bondage kind of epitomizes everything I dislike about movies from the mid-30s. The pacing is slow, its overdramatic and feels just kind of... hollow… More
Antonius Block
It's a little hard to watch this one, just as it was a little hard to read the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Leslie Howard plays the sensitive,… More