Overall Rank: 2459
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 35
Theatrical Release Date: 09/24/1945
Genre: Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Michael Curtiz
Actors: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett
Plot: A woman learns the hard way that money truly does not buy happiness. In Mildred's quest to reach the top, she drives away her husband, raises a selfish daughter, hooks up with a duplicitous lover and ultimately ends up at the bottom again. -- MaceeRae
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Indyfreak - wrote on 07/29/2021
Fantastic drama about an industrious businesswoman (Crawford) juggling her work with one tumultuous relationship after another. Especially her spoiled daughter (Ann Blyth). Great work by a supporting cast including Bruce Bennett, Eve Arden, Jack Carson, and Zachary Scott. Told in flashback, the movie covers a lot of material and draws an excellent lead performance by Joan Crawford.
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 09/10/2019
"Milder Pierce" is more of a crisis-heavy melodrama than a psychological thriller or film noir. Joan Crawford is just stellar as a woman who is preyed upon and used by almost everyone close to her.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 02/18/2013
What starts out as a pretty standard noir becomes a dark masterwork that uses a basic whodunit to frame a tragic tale of a broken family. The film is populated with fully-fleshed and interesting characters - from the scheming and leaching Monte Baragan to Mildred's materialistic daughter, Veda. The cast is impressive and gives life to what is already a sharply-written script. I went in expecting a typical weepy drama and came out blown away by the freshness and intensity of the film.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/28/2013
A conflict arises between Mildred Pierce's (Joan Crawford) and Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett) and investigation on the murder of Monte Beragon. Mildred also has troubles controlling Veda (Ann Blyth). Interesting for the mystery aspect but tends to have idle lengthy conversations that prolongs the plot. Soundtrack, acting, direction and story were crafty and impressive. The screenplay was great since it originated from a novel – “Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.” and “Well, it seems to me, if you're buying anything, it should be the best.” By the time one reaches the conclusion one feels a certain relief. Overall, Mildred Pierce is an above average picture that keeps you glued from start to finish.
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