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718 Ratings

Mildred Pierce

Directed by Todd Haynes
United States, 2011
Drama, History, TV Mini-series


Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda, in Todd Haynes’ made-for-HBO mini-series adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel.

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Mildred Pierce Directed by Todd Haynes

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

2012 | Nominee: Long Form - Adapted (Television)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2012 | Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

2012 | Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Golden Globes (USA)

2012 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

2012 | 3 nominations including: Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    A Todd Haynes deluxe TV Mini-series, a Curtiz-directed and Joan Crawford-starred film and a kick-ass Sonic Youth song. Can't. Won't. Shan't ask for more. Winslet is o2 of acting. No amount of Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAS, Tonys, Oscars, Palmes d'Or will E V E R be enough to praise her. Bye Meryl.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    I wonder what a feature length edit would look like. The casting of Evan Rachel Wood was a masterstroke - Guy Pearce and Kate Winslet also do a sterling job - and Haynes' directing borders on auteurism. The omission of Curtiz's kitsch is deft, replacing it with the slow-burn subtext of high society tension. Arguably, the TV mini-series length is unnecessary, but patient storytelling avoids a rush to the denouement.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    Vastly superior to the Kurtiz version. Haynes' demonstrates a dominance in crafting the precise moments that punctuate melodrama: Veda and Mildred's fights, the waitress uniform scene, the reveal of Veda in Monty's bed, etc. Successfully binding the conflicting desires of Mildred, Veda, Monty, and Bert, and using them (as opposed to a ridiculous murder mystery) as the emotional and narrative forces for over 5 hours.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    Todd Haynes' brilliance lies in provocative concepts and self-conscious stylistic mash-ups. You can't trust him to tell a story straight, and here, with style and concept diluted and pacing/logic tangled up, sins against dramaturgy nearly sink him. The finale at last gives the psychodrama the supersaturated fervor it deserves, but on TV, Haynes for once feels constrained by his format instead of commenting on it.

  • Lars Ole Kristiansen's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    Not the masterpiece I was expecting from Haynes after his extravagant pastiche "Far From Heaven", but still a wonderfully old-fashioned film. Kate Winslet is good, but Evan Rachel Wood steals the show as Veda - the most hideous spoiled brat in the history of cinema. Michael Curtiz' original is still far and away the best version of "Mildred Pierce", but Haynes' mini series is at least a worthy companion piece.

  • RENO NISMARA.'s rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    this mini-series has one of the best climactic scenes i've seen in a while and unfortunately also the most "whaddafuck!?" ending scene.

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    I was almost completely turned off by this because we had to watch the making of in Production Design class and it bored me so fucking much. I'm so glad I gave it a second shot! Kate Winslet's performance is near perfection, really makes you want to be miserable with her. While I thought Todd Haynes created a great rock song with Far From Heaven, this is his symphony! And you really feel the betrayal at the end.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Mildred Pierce

    Magnificently acted, beautifully shot and wonderfully directed, Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce is a well-done epic that takes a while to get going but once the last two parts get going are well worth the trip. It probably could've been chopped down to 4 instead of 5 parts but it didn't have to resort to sensationalism the way the 1945 version did. This version's definitely a commitment but well worth it.

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