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All About Eve


From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington (Ann Baxter) is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis).

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
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Classic movie about an ambitious woman.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic showbiz drama has some powerful messages about ambition and betrayal. Eve manipulates others to get what she wants and succeed, and other characters initially believe her. There's also some social drinking representative of movies of the era.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what actions are appropriate to realize ambition. Compare it to movies like Rudy, also about the achievement of a dream. It's not the dream that differs here as much as how it's achieved. It might be fun for kids to talk about the theater and how it differs from movies. Take them to a local production, or get a book of plays for children from the library and help them produce one.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The presence of All About Eve, while a relief, is also a sad reminder of how in certain ways movies have regressed in the past 50 years.

- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Thursday, April 26, 2001

Fresh: For old-school Hollywood movie-making at its most polished, literate and sophisticated there is really nothing to match it.

- Neil Smith, BBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The well known Classic, which I feel is only just a tad overrated, it was very entertaining and loved Bette Davis in this as the hard nosed diva Theatre Actress with the quick witted lines, but feel there are definitely more memorable films from the era to give it such a high opinion.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, September 2, 2010

5 stars

The real world of theater. I have never seen a film with such brilliant dialogue as All About Eve. A classic story with unbelieveable revelations of backstage betrayal. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." The ultimate in Sophisticated performances, especially by Davis and the great critic Sanders. Forget all the snappy dialogue in other films, this film has the monopoly.

- smith44, Thursday, March 11, 2010

5 stars

Brilliant. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Thursday, December 31, 2009