Twentieth Century
Twentieth Century (1934)

In this film, flamboyant, egomaniacal theatrical impresario Oscar Jaffe transforms chorus girl Mildred Plotka into leading lady Lily Garland, the toast of Broadway. Once she's ascended to stardom, Mildred/Lily cannot abide Jaffe's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

There is many a witty remark in this harum-scarum adventure.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

[Howard Hawks'] mix of frantic pacing, whiplash shifts in tone and devil-may-care direction of glamorous stars in wacky parts launched the defining comedy genre of the thirties.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Classic screwball romance between overbearing Broadway producer and his gorgeous but empty headed protege

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The movie is a veritable concerto for their remarkable talents, put across by Hawks with maximal energy and voltage.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the sharpest ever comedy film scripts is turned in by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A shining example of moviemaking magnificence.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

A weird look at an actress with a love-hate relation with her outrageous, dominating director.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Often credited as the first screwball comedy… an acerbic satire of show-business ego and superficiality.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Funny, but it gets too repetitious in the last act and slowly crumbles into the relatively obscure minor work it has become today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
John Barrymore and Carole Lombard ham it up as thespians who are each other's best audience ... and maybe the only audience the other cares for. The one… More
AJ Verser
A pretty funny comedy, but very predictable.
Stella Dallas
great early screwball comedy with a hilarious performance by john barrymore as a hammy broadway producer and carole lombard as his adorable diva. hawks soon… More