Individual Performance Reviews
Grouped by:   Decade | Name | Order of Composition | Star Ranking
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Jun '10: I have reviewed 45 of 408
nominees, or 11%.|
Most recent addition: Judy Garland (54)
29 Betty Compson, The Barker - "Midlevel work... Has so much more vitality when she's seething"
29 Jeanne Eagels, The Letter - "Delicious, weird... A tough and daringly embroidered performance"
29 Corinne Griffith, The Divine Lady - "A fine, energetic, but dispiritingly superficial vessel"
29 Mary Pickford, Coquette - "Creaky... Plays an already specious character as 18-going-on-7"
35 Elisabeth Bergner, Escape Me Never - "Organizes multiple vectors like a skilled pro"
35 Miriam Hopkins, Becky Sharp - "Relentless gales of hubris and energy... Hard-driving slapstick"
39 Irene Dunne, Love Affair - "Banks on sharp, clear, modest phrasing to signal concealed depths"
43 Joan Fontaine, The Constant Nymph - "Feels most of the time like a credible girl, not an angelic savant"
46 Olivia de Havilland, To Each His Own - "There's ability but not a surfeit of fire, and even less of mystery"
46 Jane Wyman, The Yearling - "A solid, unexpectedly formidable person, but not invulnerable"
48 Barbara Stanwyck, Sorry, Wrong Number - "Holds back from connecting all the notes supplied to her"
52 Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding - "A very emphatic performance, laudable for its energy"
53 Ava Gardner, Mogambo - "Vibrant, sensational... the salvaging figure in this dispiriting roster"
53 Maggie McNamara, The Moon Is Blue - "Eerily close to Shelley Duvall in 3 Women, minus the ironies"
54 Judy Garland, A Star Is Born - "Carries musical drama to the cathartic, precarious plane of opera"
54 Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina - "Turns an uneven, ambivalent lark into a modest but real pleasure"
54 Grace Kelly, The Country Girl - "Merges the compulsively watchable with the plainly inadequate"
55 Katharine Hepburn, Summertime - "We perceive a host of stories that Jane/Hepburn performs for herself"
55 Eleanor Parker, Interrupted Melody - "Eschews a dewy or a garish approach to Reynolds's hardships"
56 Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia - "Doesn't look like she's made nearly enough of her own decisions"
57 Anna Magnani, Wild Is the Wind - "Dislodges other actors from settling into their own cadences"
57 Elizabeth Taylor, Raintree County - "A quandary... Hard to parse into categories like 'good' and 'bad'"
58 Susan Hayward, I Want to Live! - "A victim of radical miscasting that only looks like no-brainer casting"
59 Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story - "Vigilant... A miracle... A portrait of complex thought"
60 Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners - "Warm... Limber... Relaxed and ready to spring into spry action"
60 Melina Mercouri, Never on Sunday - "More of a prop here for Dassin's schtick than a credible actress"
61 Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass - "Ambitious, careful, magnetic, touching, and memorable"
62 Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses - "Smart, affecting, even gutsy... Traces a humbling arc"
63 Leslie Caron, The L-Shaped Room - "Nicely rewrites it as a film about a woman who is thinking"
63 Shirley MacLaine, Irma La Douce - "Slim and coasty... Builds no reserves of emotion or personality"
63 Rachel Roberts, This Sporting Life - "Adds shades and layers that enrich the film as it plays"
65 Simone Signoret, Ship of Fools - "Keeps a tight leash on any form of sentimental self-congratulation"
67 Edith Evans, The Whisperers - "Confounds any stable borders among madness, indigence, and solitude"
69 Geneviève Bujold, Anne of the Thousand Days - "Impetuous and unwilling to be cast aside"
69 Jean Simmons, The Happy Ending - "A gradual sense of conviction and surprising specificity"
70 Sarah Miles, Ryan's Daughter - "Personalizing stamps are a recurring problem for this actress"
72 Maggie Smith, Travels with My Aunt - "Laborious... A constant burlesque of unnecessary ironization"
72 Liv Ullmann, The Emigrants - "An amazing knack for profound but unshowy distillation of emotion"
73 Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty - "Sticks to broad emotional states... Intriguing but half-full"
73 Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams - "From moment to moment, full of surprises"
75 Ann-Margret, Tommy - "A kind of secret genius for getting the audience to root for her"
76 Marie-Christine Barrault, Cousin cousine - "A breezy, smiling equanimity... Agreeable unfussiness"
76 Talia Shire, Rocky - "Charismatic without being generically strong or generically sweet"
79 Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over - "Just fine... Clayburgh pushes, but only in small ways"
84 Judy Davis, A Passage to India - "Turns Adela into the crypt-keeper of her own feelings"
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