(1959)2.5Craig ButlerWoman Obsessed's reach ultimately exceeds its grasp. It aspires to be a detailed character study, a romance, an outdoor adventure and a searing drama, but by trying to hit all the bases, it manages to fall a little short on all counts. Still, it's professionally made, with lively direction from Henry Hathaway that helps to cover up, if not totally fill in, some of the dramatic holes. Undemanding viewers won't care too much about the film's flaws, since the rugged pacing, moments of excitement, beautiful photography, and more than capable cast do keep one's attention from wandering too much. If it does wander, though, a person might realize that there's an awful lot of action and events packed in, more than the film can really handle, with the result that it feels sketchy and unfinished; worse, the character motivations sometimes turn on a dime. Of course, with Susan Hayward in the title role, and with very able assistance from Stephen Boyd and, especially, Dennis Holmes, a viewer is likely to let flaws in character development slip by. Add in a very tasty supporting turn from Barbara Nichols, and there's enough here to keep viewers more than interested, if not obsessed.