The Women
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Based on the Clare Booth Luce play of the same name, this MGM comedy is famous for its all-female cast and deft direction by George Cukor. The plot centers on a group of gossipy high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily wedded Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) finds her marriage in trouble when shopgirl Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford) gets her hooks into Mary's man. Naturally, this situation becomes the hot talk amongst Mary's catty friends, especially the scandalmonger Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell), who has little room to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"A film that deserves to be seen (or seen again)."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Picture however holds passages that slow movement down to a walk."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Directed by Cukor with his trademark elegance, and proof of the filmmaker's famed ability to direct female actresses, this sparkling satire on backbiting, privileged women continues to delight."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"Cukor's all-star version of Booth's stinging play is all about wisecracking cattiness of wives and mistresses (of the upper class), confirming men's suspicions of what women talk about when they are not around."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cukor's direction is rich and confident, and the whole production fairly shimmers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The catty banter and Wildean aphorisms (some of them contributed by Anita Loos) are delivered with impeccable timing by a cast only MGM could have mustered."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"A more eccentric film than the following year's The Philadelphia Story, with which it shares a couple of faces, it's almost as fabulous."
‑ , Time Out
"a bitchy but endearing mix of comedy and melodrama. Norma Shearer holds the chaos together with improbable dignity."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"An early, classic manifestation of the chick flick if ever we saw one, it achieves everything it sets out to."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Clever, slick production of the famous play."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[Cukor is] at his best with a cast that includes Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hedda Hopper, Ruth Hussey, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Isn't quite as nasty as it probably could have been, coming several years after the establishment of the Hays Code, but it's still plenty witty."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's the irrevocable women's pic of the 1930s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The tagline says it's all about men, but this 1939 comedy is really a testament to the females of a certain era, and how they go about securing their comfort and happiness."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Every time The Women threatens to drag, there's always Russell and Crawford, towering over the cast with their cold stares and queenly hauteur, reminding us what being an A-list actress once meant."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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