My Fair Lady
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At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite all reservations expressed, I must make clear that his fantastically successful show has been converted into a generally entertaining film."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Lerner and Loewe's musical masterwork, reimagined for film by director George Cukor."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Great story, great music, awful ending."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Stylised and stylish, there's something gloriously timeless about My Fair Lady."
‑ , Total Film
"An elegant musical with some top class tunes -- the last of a dying breed of big-buck productions."
‑ , Film4
"A marvelous restoration of the 30-year-old musical, precisely the kind of high-class popular entertainment that Hollywood can't seem to make these days."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Hepburn is clearly awkward as the Cockney Eliza in the first half, and in general the adaptation is a little too reverential to really come alive."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"With elegance and taste, George Cukor rightly preserves the theatricality of the enterprise and provides a joyful experience to savour again and again."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Well made musical, with more personal Cukor style and themes than is sometimes realized."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"One of Hollywood's best musicals."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A stunningly effective screen entertainment."
‑ Robert J. Landry, Variety
"All things considered, it is the brilliance of Miss Hepburn as the Cockney waif who is transformed by Prof. Henry Higgins into an elegant female facade that gives an extra touch of subtle magic and individuality to the film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Even if the story is quite simple, the film, as directed by the legendary George Cukor, achieves various levels of depth, particularly because of the way in which he turns it into a keen gender study."
‑ Jose Solís Mayén, PopMatters
"A wonderfully stylish and witty movie classic."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"This remains one of [Hepburn] best-loved roles."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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