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The Lady Eve

comedy, romance


Preston Sturges directs Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in this charming battle of the sexes between a wealthy but unsophisticated scientist who falls for a con woman with a shady past.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    100%
  • Audience Score
    87%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    100%
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  • Audience

    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Now there's no question about it: Preston Sturges is definitely and distinctly the most refreshing new force to hit the American motion pictures in the past five years.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh: ...as powerful a feminist statement as it is a smart comedy, and all the more so for hardly seeming to break a sweat in the process.

- Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com, Monday, May 14, 2007

Fresh: Preston Sturges extended his range beyond the crazy farces that had made his reputation with this romantic 1941 comedy, and his hand proved just as sure.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Barbara Stanwyck exudes enough sexuality to spark a fence post. I don't think I've ever seen a film with such perfect casting. Hilarious and brilliant.

- flixsterman, Monday, March 19, 2012

4 stars

An unusual romantic comedy, it's really funny, and has a good cast. Really worth watching.

- ajv2688, Wednesday, September 29, 2010

3 stars

Hah! Delightful!! I'm not sure who was the bigger scene stealer, Barbra Stanwyck or Henry Fonda, I loved them both. Fonda was sweet and naive while Stanwyck was closer to her Ball of Fire role, witty and fiery and perfect! The story lagged a bit here and there, but the humor kept me going.

- MeetMeinMontauk, Monday, September 6, 2010