Peyton Place
Peyton Place (1957)

Grace Metalious' once-notorious bestseller Peyton Place is given a lavish -- and necessarily toned-down -- film treatment in this deluxe 20th Century-Fox production. Set during WWII, the film concentrates on several denizens of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 13, 1957
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Under Mark Robson's direction, every one of the performers delivers a topnotch portrayal.

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Peyton Place, with its myriad plot threads and cast of characters is a rollicking good yarn with obvious melodramatic tensions borne from some very juicy themes.

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Emanuel Levy

Mark Robson's Hollywood version is far more enjoyable than the Grace Mattallius's trashy novel it's based upon, a quintessential small-town movie that in morality and other issues is sort of an ideological summation of the entire decade.

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Time Out

It comes with its full quota of sex, conspiracy and violence, but the story is told in such circumspect fashion that next to nobody was offended.

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TV Guide

This is the kind of hypertensive trash that gives melodrama a bad name, cynically tempering its naughty bits with smug moralizing.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Effective melodrama with some satisfying emotional confrontations, particularly from Lana Turner.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's corn in the grand style, much of it delivered with sweep and conviction, and the intrigues come thick and fast.

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Steve Crum

See it for 1950s' sexual mores if nothing else.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's by turns gripping and silly. I suppose that's what makes good soap.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Matheus Carvalho
Filme baseado em um romance escrito por Grace Metalious que se tornou best seller por abordar temas como sexo na adolescência, incesto, aborto e rebeldia… More
jay nixon
Well made but pedestrian adaption of trashy bestseller. Hope Lange outshines the rest of the cast with a great performance.
Mister Caple
What invented the modern melodrama? What spawned generations of soap operas from "Dallas" up to and including "Desperate Housewives?" What… More
Lanning : )
But there was a fifth season, of love . . . And only the wise or the lucky ones knew where to find it. <p>First, what a soundtrack. In addition to… More
Aj V
For the most part this is a really good drama, but it was probably better as a book. You can see that the film makers were trying to push the limits of what… More
John Ballantine
The full naughtiness of Peyton Place could not appear in the fifties but this film pushes as far as it can.Giggly moments for grandma.