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Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy +Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant. Hepburn has always rebelled against her privileged trappings, and finds a kindred spirit in the unorthodox, iconoclastic Grant. On the verge of compromising his down-to-earth values with his marriage to the wealth-obsessed Nolan, Grant… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"George Cukor brings out the best from all the players."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Before they made The Philadelphia Story, George Cukor, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn teamed up for this decidedly less flattering look at the life of the upper class."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Old fashioned Grant/Hepburn classic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This is my favorite George Cukor movie, and a perennial New Year's Eve classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Why is The Philadelphia Story so well known, while the equally unforgettable Holiday, from the same director, writers, and leads, suffers comparative neglect?"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"One of Cukor's best films."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Character dramas are often at their best when exploring inside worlds and not running free outside."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Cukor's direction here can best be described as savvy: Holiday develops in a witty, funny way, and its themes unfold as the movie progresses."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Charming and melancholic, Holiday %u2026 breezing by in comparison to the more loquacious %u2026 banter-fest, The Philadelphia Story."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Spellbinding without being a mystery, ravishing without being ornate, heartachy despite being a lovely comedy, and full of surprise gestures and unexpected flights of feeling."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"There are a thousand nonconformist comedies, but only one Holiday."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in top form, George Cukor's serio comedy is the second and best version of the play."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A romantic comedy with a serious undertone that could be called ahead-of-its-time."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"This is one of Grant's best performances and one of the best film's Cukor directed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cukor's elegant grasp of the original drama ensures a silkily smooth transition from stage to screen."
‑ , Film4
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