What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

As a child, Baby Jane Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then, one night in the early '30s, came the accident, which… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 31, 1962
DVD Release Date: September 25, 1997
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? combines powerhouse acting, rich atmosphere, and absorbing melodrama in service of a taut thriller with thought-provoking subtext.

James Powers
Hollywood Reporter

A lurid melodrama of hate, revenge and murder, a high-class horror film, in the Hitchcock vein, with virtuoso performances from Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and moments both searing and poignant.

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Time Out

The Grand Guignol elements themselves are relatively forced and unconvincing.

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Spencer Coile
Film Inquiry

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane offers commentary on aging, sisterhood, and show business, all remaining worthy of discussion today.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Aldrich's direction and dynamite performances from the two old troupers make this film an experience.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There is nothing particularly moving or significant about these two.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

What so often gets lost about 'Baby Jane' is that it's a real thriller, dark, suspenseful, and intense.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The chain of circumstances grows, violence creating violence. Once the inept, draggy start is passed, the film's pace builds with ever-growing force.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Bette Davis is unforgettable in classic horror movie.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Gorgeously atmospheric in both the visuals and the soundtrack, and it's a marathon of high-impact Grand Dame acting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Davis and Crawford embrace their roles with a tremendous intensity, delivering two spectacular performances like horror queens in a campy, bizarre story and… More
Kevin M. Williams
I just saw this again and zowie, is Bette Davis hot! Very nearly a companion piece to Sunset Boulevard and another sizzling commentary on the price of fame.… More
Chris Garman
Sharing a distinction with Sunset Boulevard in showing the aftermath of Hollywood stardom, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane goes a step further in that we follow… More
Reid Volk
Love is a many splendored-thing. Or so the cinema would lead us to believe. Over the years we as a people have been subjected to countless tales of… More
Jim Hunter
Spurred by jealousy and guilt, a former child star tortures her wheelchair-bound sister as she tries to make a comeback. Torture-porn and the obvious precursor… More
Spencer S.
A thriller that is so chillingly terrifying, not solely because of the amazing and out of this world performance from Bette Davis, but because of the… More

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