The Awful Truth
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The screwiest of the screwball comedies of the '30s, The Awful Truth is filled with merry mix-ups and romantic misadventures that lead a previously happy couple Jerry and Lucy Warriner (marvelously played by Cary Grant and Irene Dunne) to divorce. The trouble begins when Jerry supposedly goes to Florida for some rest. At least that's what he tells Lucy; actually, he is planning to spend the vacation with his buddies playing endless rounds of poker. When it is time to come home, he toasts himself brown under a handy sun lamp. Unfortunately, when he gets home, Lucy is gone. When Jerry… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Leo McCarey's largely improvised 1937 film is one of the funniest of the screwball comedies, and also one of the most serious at heart."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A joy."
‑ , Film4
"The look of love [Grant] gives co-star Irene Dunne, captured not in a close-up but a medium-wide shot, could melt anyone."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Its sophistication convinced the Academy that it was more than "just" a comedy and they awarded McCarey the Best Director Oscar"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Cary Grant ... delivers one of the greatest comic performances we'll ever have the pleasure of witnessing."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Zappy, sophisticated screwball comedy with Grant and Dunne displaying perfect timing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"...has earned its reputation as one of the most effective screwball comedies from the 1930s."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One should be rooting for Cary Grant to get the girl, which means he ought to deserve her — and if that's more or less the case here, well, it's only because the girl turns out to be no great shakes either."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Episodic but sublime screwball comedy, with Grant and Dunne at their most alluring."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"This comedy is a hilarious match-up between Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, with the wonderful Ralph Bellamy cast in his pigeonholed role as the fifth wheel."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"To be frank, The Awful Truth is awfully unimportant, but it is also one of the more laughable screen comedies of 1937, a fairly good vintage year."
‑ B.R. Crisler, New York Times
"One of the best screwball comedies (of remarriage) ever made, based on the astute mise-en-scene of director Leo McCarey (who won an Oscar) and superb turns from Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as the sparrying partners."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A smart screwball comedy from the 1930s that's given the Lubitsch touch by director Leo McCarey."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As pleasurable as anything a Hollywood studio and the star system ever produced."
‑ Elbert Ventura, PopMatters
"Brilliant romantic comedy from Leo McCarey"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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