Alice Adams
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That George Stevens' direction captures the wistfulness of Katharine Hepburn's superb histrionism, and yet has not sacrificed audience values at the altar of too much drabness and prosaic realism, is an achievement of no small order."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Hepburn is magnificent as the small-town social climber, although the script so softens Booth Tarkington's novel."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"George Stevens' poignant adaptation of the Tarkington famous novel is one of the few Ameriacn films of its era to examine the impact of social class in a realistic way."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hepburn is heartwarming"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Alice Adams (1935) is RKO's touching, effectively poignant portrayal of small-town, mid-Western American pretenses"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Stevens's talent for stepping away from the plotline and creating intimate, casual, and naturalistic moments is given plenty of opportunity here, as it would not be in his later superproductions."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Stevens' deadpan-humane approach dilutes the acid of Booth Tarkington's social critique"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There's much humor that comes out of the believable characters portrayed and the pain they suffer from their plight."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Alice Adams would be forgotten if it weren't for Hepburn's typically charismatic performance as the woman who turns social climbing into an art form."
‑ , Film4
"An oddly exciting blend of tenderness, comedy and realistic despair, it touches life intimately at many points during its account of a lonely girl in a typical American small town."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"The pathetic, social-climbing heroine of Booth Tarkington's novel was never better played than by Hepburn, who brought a fierce determination, clutching coyness, and tragic optimism to the part."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hepburn is real reason to seek this one out"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The flaws stand out like bad lawn jockeys."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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