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3.9
901 Ratings

Mildred Pierce

Directed by Michael Curtiz
United States, 1945
Drama, Film noir

Synopsis

After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can’t win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

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Mildred Pierce Directed by Michael Curtiz

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1946 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1946 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1945 | Winner: Best Actress

If Crawford is the glue in this picture—a mosaic of uneven elements, from the undue intensity of Blyth’s young villainess to the almost-too-brilliant comical asides from McQueen to the queer allure of Zachary Scott’s Monte—Curtiz would then be its assembler, the artiste taking pre-existing elements . . . and piecing them together into something that appears cohesive.
June 29, 2018
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An acute, unsparing study of relationships poisoned by class and money. The plot reveals a cruel sting in the tail of the most essential American promise—that hard work, sacrifice, and self-improvement will find their ultimate reward in the next generation’s success. But these caustic insights are embedded in a movie as satisfying as the comfort food Mildred serves in her neon-lit upscale diners: the dialogue salted with wit, the decadently rich emotion cut by just enough acerbic tartness.
February 20, 2017
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The film revels in Crawford’s virtuosic escalation of emotion, in the force of will that she allows Mildred, who correspondingly transcends the masochistic constructs of a typical martyr of a “woman’s picture.” Mildred is a lusty, resilient, calculating, commanding woman—a protagonist of hungry agency who can’t be resolved to neatly serve a political talking point. Crawford’s brilliance is on particular display in the classic scene between Mildred and Veda on the staircase in Mildred’s home.
February 20, 2017
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