Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

Bette Davis
Anne Baxter.
Joseph L Mankiewicz.
Running Time
138 minutes

4 Star Empire Rating
2 Star Empire Rating
Intern, The
3 Star Empire Rating
Beasts Of No Nation
4 Star Empire Rating
Nightmare, The
3 Star Empire Rating

5 Star Empire Rating
Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Salt Of The Earth, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Song Of The Sea
5 Star Empire Rating
Look Of Silence, The
5 Star Empire Rating

All About Eve
Adam’s feeling quite neglected

submit to reddit

Trading on the vanity and insecurity of ageing actress Margo Channing, Eve Harrington becomes her indispensable confidante in an attempt to launch her own bid for Broadway immortality

All About Eve

All four female stars in this 1950 adaptation of Mary Orr’s short story were cited for Academy Awards, but it was writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz who landed a brace of Oscars for the showbiz bitchfest, with a flashback format resembling the one his brother Herman had devised for Citizen Kane nine years earlier.

The stinging bon mots occasionally sound handcrafted rather than raspingly spontaneous, but aspiring actress Anne Baxter’s rise to the top over the corpse of her supposed idol, Bette Davis, remains rousing and endlessly amusing. And the merciless demythologising of the tawdry trappings of fame is acutely relevant in these days of transient celebrity.

Forget Foreman vs. Ali, this is Baxter vs. Davis in one of Hollywood's greatest showdowns.

Reviewed by David Parkinson

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for All About Eve
Empire Star Rating

you forgot to mention Marilyn

billy wilder style drama amazing script performances and music not to mention a sexy funny cameo from Monroe ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by bill the butcher at 19:25, 14 October 2012 | Report This Post

Baxter vs. Davis? Awesome, dude.

There's no doubt about it, All About Eve equals perfection. An instant fucking classic. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by nc_jj at 01:26, 11 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: All About Eve

One of the bitchiest films in the history of the movies. Bette Davis was at the hight of her powers - it's arguably her best performance. Both George Sanders and Celeste Holm richly deserved their Oscars. Sanders is one of the great movie villains in this. And how Davis could have been passed over as best actress in favour of Judy Holliday, I will never know. 6 out of 5. ... More

Posted by siegfried at 00:22, 04 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Acid leaks from the Screen

This was on Film4 the other day and I missed it! I'll have to catch it again soon. ... More

Posted by Larry of Arabia at 13:02, 31 January 2008 | Report This Post

Acid leaks from the Screen

One of the great behind the scenes film about Showbiz, oozing with acid, gin, and anger.  Phenomenal performances all around and so realistic even for today. Davis was never better than as Margo. It's a shame Anne Baxter never really was able to show the potential she showed her again--being cast for her looks and stereotyped as the sexy bitch who chews up and spits out men. Dialogue is still as crisp as it was six decades ago. FILM CLASSIC ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by lynnshep at 22:07, 30 January 2008 | Report This Post

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)