Woman of the Year
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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn costarred for the first time in the delectable romantic comedy Woman of the Year. Tracy plays New York sportswriter Sam Craig, who becomes incensed at comments about the uselessness of sports made by foreign correspondent Tess Harding (Hepburn). Sam and Tess subsequently use their respective columns to carry on a feud-at least, until they finally meet face to face. After Sam takes Tess to her first baseball game (one of the funniest scenes ever committed to celluloid), the two fall in love. Once married, however, their happiness is threatened by their wildly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film earlier has one of the very best Tracy-Hepburn love scenes, full of the sense of private shelter that they uniquely purvey."
‑ Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker
"For the first time in months, this critical spectator feels like tossing his old hat into the air and weaving a joyous snake dance over the typewriter keys in celebration of Metro's triumphant Woman of the Year..."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Fine Tracy-Hepburn comedy-romance directed by George Stevens."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of the best Tracy-Hepburn movies"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"The Oscar-winning screenplay provides plenty of smart lines along the way as art anticipates life."
‑ , Film4
"Woman of the Year is an entertaining film with superb work by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The premise is promising...But Stevens lacks the courage to make much of the conflict; the film ends with an embarrassing sequence in which Hepburn is tamed and installed in the kitchen."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A marvelous comedy-drama, brimming with wit, style, and sophistication."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It starts strong, but bogs in a muddled slapstick finale."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Brilliant except for the odd part about the adopted child and awkward ending."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Tracy and Hepburn were a great team, and this, their first outing together, set the seal on the pattern to follow into the next decade."
‑ , Time Out
"Filled with witty lines and hilarious situations, the film is good entertainment, reminding us of Hepburn and Tracy's appeal"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The first teaming of Tracy and Hepburn shows the chemistry between the stars, setting the pattern for future and better battle of the sexes romantic comedies."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is the first of many Tracy & Hepburn movies, and the chemistry's not quite there yet in this one. Some impressively funny scenes and a hilarious ending redeem the long stretches of predictability."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Woman of the Year, with its troubled and ambivalent mood, holds up much better than the flag-waving films that followed it after everybody in Hollywood became fashionably antifascist..."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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