Glenn Kenny
May 27, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Woman With a Past

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Dwight Schultz, Pamela Reed
director
Mimi Leder
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Basically a grittier version of a ’30s melodrama in which the good girl gone bad (she did it for the kids, of course) makes a new life for herself while hiding the old one from her current husband. Trailer-park trash replaces seedy gangsters, au courant themes of abuse are played up, but everything else remains basically the same. Still, Pamela Reed is compelling throughout Woman with a Past, always breaking through the surface cliches of the scenario and getting to the real human truths. B-

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