Adam's Rib
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Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Adam's Rib is a peerless comedy predicated on the double standard. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play Adam and Amanda Bonner, a husband-and-wife attorney team, both drawn to a case of attempted murder. The defendant (Judy Holliday) had tearfully attempted to shoot her husband (Tom Ewell) and his mistress (Jean Hagen). Adam argues that the case is open and shut, but Amanda points out that, if the defendant were a man, he'd be set free on the basis of "the unwritten law." Thus it is that Adam works on behalf of the prosecution,… More
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"Katharine Hepburn conveys an extraordinary abundance of spirit."
‑ Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker
"The performances (not least from Wayne and Hagen) are matchless."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Thanks to an at times sharp script, solid lead performances, and a scene stealing supporting turn by Judy Holliday, Adam's Rib is an entertaining enough film to warrant a solid review. But one of the great comedies of all time? Not even close."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Irresistable comedy from one of Hollywood's greatest pairings."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A well-written and acted comedy that was ahead of its time in counterpointing some basic assumptions, that there are certain "male" and "female" qualities and that each gender can and must exchange these qualities as trading cards."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Adam's Rib is a bright comedy success, belting over a succession of sophisticated laughs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Of Adam's Rib we might say...that it isn't solid food but it certainly is meaty and juicy and comically nourishing."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"George Cukor directs with a light touch and the film leaps from one priceless moment to the next"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Delightful, sophisticated comedy sparked by the famous chemistry between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sex Wars mid-century style. Adam's Rib can't help but look a bit dated, but it sure is a perfect encapsulation of a certain type of couple at a certain time."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"The film is a classic, and deservedly so: the conjunction of Tracy's sly listlessness and Hepburn's stridency defines 'chemistry' in the movies."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Despite many improbabilities, this is a barbed and entertaining comedy thanks to some great casting and a very clever Kanin/Gordon script"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"An impeccably crafted and scripted classic."
‑ , Film4
"It lost some of its luster with time, but it's still amusing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Classic stuff."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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