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  1. Aardsy's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    Has all the markings of a great movie, and yet...

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    Pas un chef-d'oeuvre, mais un film de bonne tenue à redécouvrir ! www.cinefiches.com

  3. Risya's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    Considering the talent, not much is engaged and we're left with just motions. And while its a nice change, it seems like a bit of a stretch for the then-33y/o Joan Fontaine to play a young schemy female. But it isn't a total disaster, its watchable and quite entertaining.

  4. Johnny's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    Lacks a certain amount of momentum and tension and everything wraps up a bit too neatly. Joan Fontaine was fine but has been better. I think a different, perhaps better, actress could have made it work.

  5. Howard Orr's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    Joan Fontaine as Christabel is a kind of cypher device, who merely reveals the latent discontents of wealthy but dysfunctional Americans in an age of material prosperity; the real value and interest in the film comes from Ferrer's waspish painter and the great Robert Ryan's macho writer. The value of her portrait doubles at the end of the film, but her character remains as enigmatic and remote as her painted image.

  6. oldfilmsflicker's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    watch the alternate ending available on the Warner Archive release. oh man.

  7. Lorena M.'s rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    worst casting ever!! (Robert Ryan is one of my least favorite actors of all time!) It's a shame the film had so much potential.

  8. The Macho King's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    One of Ray's lesser known gems.

  9. Elisa's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

  10. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Born to Be Bad

    Nicholas Ray directed this mostly compelling melodrama. It's hokey and over the top at times, with its quirky one-liners and swelling music score - but there are some strong old-fashioned performances and an engrossing story and characters. Unfortunately, it does loose steam in the last act which makes it drag on a bit too long. Entertaining, but not quite memorable enough to be a classic.