Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

In this adaptation of the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, the sweet old Brewster sisters are beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood. One pastime which the ladies don't advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Despite the fact that picture runs 118 minutes, Frank Capra has expanded on the original play [by Joseph Kesselring] to a sufficient extent to maintain a steady, consistent pace.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Dusty but gentle entertainment.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The timing is abysmal throughout, turning fast pace into numbing frenzy.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Cary Grant et al are on sparkling form in this classic darkly twisted comedy.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Riotously funny.

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New York Times

Good macabre fun.

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The film was adapted from a successful stage play and it comes across as very theatrical on screen, but once you get past that, there's an enjoyable lunacy to the whole thing.

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Emanuel Levy

Unable to conceal the film's theatrical origins, Capra misfires as a director and misguides Cary Garnt, who's too mannered, but the time, the combo of horror and comedy was new and the old ladies' gruseome hobby was shocking to audiences.

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Carlos Magalh„es
While the first half hour is exceptionally hilarious (with Cary Grant displaying a perfect comic timing there), this madcap dark comedy soon resorts to… More
xGary Xx
The newly married nephew of a pair of dear old ladies is shocked to discover that they have been euthenising the lonely old gents of their neighbourhood.… More
Saskia D.
Way too theatrical for my taste. I couldn't stand watching it anymore, so I turned it off after watching the first hour.
Melvin White
Police Sgt. Brophy: They're two of the dearest, sweetest, kindest, old ladies that ever walked the earth. They're out of this world. They're… More
Jim Hunter
A newlywed discovers that his aged aunts have been poisoning lonely bachelors as his brother returns with a body to hide. This is a shallow but enjoyable farce.… More
Graham Jones
The darker but comical side of Frank Capra came out for this black comedy classic. This movie will have you laughing, even almost 70 years after it's… More