Wise is a true professional, and skillfully shifts the film stylistically from the noirish first half to the documentary realism of the second half. Hayward’s explosive performance dominates the film, making every viewer riveted on her. It means that almost every other character is turned into an extra, devoid of individuality. That’s the film’s primary flaw, but it’s nevertheless a solid work whose social critique still has a great impact.
February 29, 2016