Bringing Up Baby
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Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets an absent-minded paleontologist and unwittingly makes a fiasco of both their lives. David Huxley (Grant) is the stuffy paleontologist who needs to finish an exhibit on dinosaurs and thus land a $1 million grant for his museum. At a golf outing with his potential benefactors, Huxley is spotted by Susan Vance (Hepburn) who decides that she must have the reserved scientist at all costs. She uses her pet leopard, Baby, to trick him into driving to her Connecticut home, where a dog… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"The enduring fascination of this 1938 screwball comedy is due to much more than its uproarious gags."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Though it's almost impossible, try to sit back sometime and enjoy this 1938 Howard Hawks masterpiece not only for its gags, but for the grace of its construction, the assurance of its style, and the richness of its themes."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Howard Hawks's classic took the screwball cycle started by It Happened One Night to its dizzying, dazzling peak."
‑ , Total Film
"Classic screwball comedy stars Hepburn, Grant."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"One of the highest high points of the entire screwball comedy genre, with its sharp script and wonderfully balanced leads."
‑ , Film4
"A perfect example of why directors (and even us brilliant professional critics) can often be completely in the dark about what works."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"One of the finest screwball comedies ever."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"How sublime can movies get?"
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Grant plays the timid Dr. David Huxley with the proper restraint and tics."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Hard to believe that Hawks' lunatic screwball comedy, with top-notch turns by Grant and Hepburn, was underrated by critics and commercial flop at the time; history proves otherwise."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There is little rhyme or reason to most of the action, but it's all highly palatable."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The speedy, 102-minute film is a total delight, and the performances are so invigorating that it can withstand many multiple viewings without losing its sparks."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Bringing Up Baby's narrative and thematic directions have much in common with those of Shakespearean comedy."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Grant e Hepburn estabelecem uma ótima dinâmica e revelam um impecável timing cômico, mas nem mesmo o ritmo invejável da narrativa consegue ocultar o fato de que algumas de suas principais gags envelheceram mal."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"One of Hollywood's greatest comedies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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