Entertainment Weekly - 12/29/1995 Ranked #4 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Best Video Releases of 1995" -- "...One of the creepiest..."
USA Today - 03/03/1995
"...Leon Shamroy's color cinematography, a deserving Oscar-winner, looks like era magazine illustrations put to film..."
New York Times - 05/03/2013
"[The] placid calculation still carries a jolt. The director, John M. Stahl, has a knack for knowing when to ramp up the hysteria..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams, Leave Her To Heaven is a stylish psychological thriller starring Gene Tierney as Ellen, the stunningly beautiful wife of handsome writer Richard Harland, played by Cornel Wilde, Ellen panics as her perfect marriage unravels and Harland's work and invalid brother demand more and more of his attention. Her husband becomes unnerved by her compulsive and jealous behavior. And when the people close to him are murdered, one by one, it is obvious that this dream marriage has become a full-fledged nightmare. This film won the Oscar for Best Cinematography and received three other Academy Award nominations: Best Actress for Gene Tierney, Best Sound Recording and Best Art Direction.
A woman who loves too much marries a man she's only known a few days--much to her fiance's surprise--and her new husband discovers that her selfish ways have ruined others. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actress--Gene Tierney. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Cinematography.
This genuinely perverse and fascinating film noir, filmed in incredibly rich Technicolor, is the tale of a woman's obsessive desire to possess her husband, exclusive of anyone else in the world. Ellen Berent and her husband, writer Richard Harland, move to his lodge in Maine. In order to be completely alone with him, Ellen makes the handyman go away and stands by as Richard's attention-grabbing, crippled brother drowns in the lake. Pregnant Ellen also purposely miscarries their child. When Ellen's sister Ruth visits, Ellen's paranoia and jealousy catapult her to confess to Richard that she was responsible for the "accidents." Sickened by Ellen's confession, Richard decides to leave her for good. Ellen's next plan of action is quite possibly the ultimate revenge ever carried out by a jilted, crazed lover.