Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Vote Now: Jameson Empire Awards 2015
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
The 2014 Christmas Gift Guide
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Bette Davis
Anne Baxter.
Directors
Joseph L Mankiewicz.
Screenwriters
Running Time
138 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Stations Of The Cross
3 Star Empire Rating
Concerning Violence
4 Star Empire Rating
Horrible Bosses 2
3 Star Empire Rating
My Old Lady
2 Star Empire Rating
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Leviathan
5 Star Empire Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
5 Star Empire Rating
Tony Benn: Will And Testament
5 Star Empire Rating
Nightcrawler
5 Star Empire Rating
Babadook, The
5 Star Empire Rating

All About Eve
Adam’s feeling quite neglected


submit to reddit


Plot
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


Review
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.


Verdict
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


SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!
Get 6 months of Empire for just £20 and not only receive the world's greatest movie magazine and exclusive subscriber covers but you'll also receive up to 50% off restaurants nationwide and more with a free Gourmet Society Membership worth £64.99!Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Spoiler Podcast
Featuring the director, Francis Lawrence

Empire's Jurassic World Trailer Tour
Updated: Director Colin Trevorrow guides us through the first trailer

Vote Now: The Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Tell us your favourite films and stars of the year

The Gift Guide 2014: 50 Must-Have Items This Christmas
Box sets, hardware, clothing, books and stocking fillers to buy

Empire's Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Covers
Five armies. Five covers. The eagles, dwarves, elves, men and orcs prepare for battle in our Peter Jackon guest-edited issue

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Subscribe to Empire magazine
6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  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)