The Devil Is a Woman
The Devil Is a Woman (1935)

This is the last film Hollywood goddess Marlene Dietrich made with her mentor Joseph von Sternberg, the distinguished filmmaker who made her a star, and it was not only her least popular film, it also generated a minor international… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 15, 1935
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

While Devil is a somewhat monotonous picture, Sternberg has given it clever photography and background.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It's a story of obsessive love, and von Sternberg's version is certainly obsessive. There's a slightly crazy daringness about his approach to the mythic.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dietrich's fiery performance is irresistible, especially the way she stomps her feet and fires eye-daggers to get what she wants.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Sternberg's universe is a realm of textures, shadows, and surfaces, which merge and separate in an erotic dance.

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Rarely was Dietrich more powerful than in this simmering, sophisticated romance, tightly directed by Von Sternberg.

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TV Guide

Of all the von Sternberg-Dietrich films this is the most unpopular and unsatisfying.

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

This column regards The Devil Is a Woman as the best product of the Sternberg-Dietrich alliance since The Blue Angel.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Even bemused viewers will delight at Dietrich's sublimely ridiculous costumes as well as some of Hollywood's most awe-inspiring imagery. The elusive, unobtainable object of desire has really never been more sumptuously captured.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you can stomach the sour story, it's both clever and sophisticated.

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A seductive and ice-hearted Marlene plays with men's hearts but in the end she offers a surprise. How is the title to be read? Until the final scene,… More