Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls (1967)

A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, Valley of the Dolls traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills, and men consume their lives. Well-bred, small-town Anne Welles (Peyton Place star Barbara Parkins) arrives in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 15, 1967
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Too dull even to function as camp.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It tries to raise itself to the level of sophisticated pornography, but fails. And it is dirty, not because it has lots of sex in it, but because it firmly believes that sex is dirty.

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Jason Bailey

It has much of what we require from truly great camp; namely, it takes itself with utter seriousness, and the further it goes down that rabbit hole, the less aware it seems of its own ridiculousness, the funnier it becomes.

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Time Out

Jacqueline Susann's 'exposé' of Hollywood gets the cliché-ridden treatment it deserves from Robson.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It thinks it it is incredibly sophisticated and clever, when it is just the dumbest damn thing.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Director Mark Robson gives the film a thin veneer of respectability, but mostly stands by while it descends into absurdity.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's an unbelievably hackneyed and mawkish mish-mash of backstage plots and Peyton Place adumbrations.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The newfound envelope-pushing in cinema, tested so brilliantly in 1967 by Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, is botched here.

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Grace Montgomery
Common Sense Media

Dark, campy melodrama with focus on sex and drugs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It feels tremendously dated today, as I imagine it had felt back in the 1960s just as well (although obviously not also from a thematic point of view), like a… More
Aj V
Maybe it's a bit slow and we've seen this theme often, but this movie has something, it's very timely for the late sixties, and the cast is… More
Cassie Hill
A fairly good take at the life of the 60s but I didn't care for it very much.
Drew Smith
This is campy in a gentler way that most fans of camp are probably accustomed to, but the ridiculousness crackling beneath the surface is impossible to deny.… More
Randy Tippy
<i>Valley of the Dolls</i> follows the lives of three young women as they struggle to succeed in the cutthroat world of show business. Along the… More
Jennifer Xu
The more I watched the campier it got. Patty Duke's theatrics are hysterical; she always always reminds me of Helen Keller no matter how old she gets.… More