Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib (1949)

Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Adam's Rib is a peerless comedy predicated on the double standard. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play Adam and Amanda Bonner, a husband-and-wife attorney team, both drawn to a case of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 18, 1949
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
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Consensus: Matched by Garson Kanin's witty, sophisticated screenplay, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn are all in top form in the classic comedy Adam's Rib.

Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker

Katharine Hepburn conveys an extraordinary abundance of spirit.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

The performances (not least from Wayne and Hagen) are matchless.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Thanks to an at times sharp script, solid lead performances, and a scene stealing supporting turn by Judy Holliday, Adam's Rib is an entertaining enough film to warrant a solid review. But one of the great comedies of all time? Not even close.

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Variety Staff

Adam's Rib is a bright comedy success, belting over a succession of sophisticated laughs.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Of Adam's Rib we might say...that it isn't solid food but it certainly is meaty and juicy and comically nourishing.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

George Cukor directs with a light touch and the film leaps from one priceless moment to the next

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Chicago Reader

The film is a classic, and deservedly so: the conjunction of Tracy's sly listlessness and Hepburn's stridency defines 'chemistry' in the movies.

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Dan Jardine

Despite many improbabilities, this is a barbed and entertaining comedy thanks to some great casting and a very clever Kanin/Gordon script

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An impeccably crafted and scripted classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A husband and wife face off in an attempted murder trial that becomes a battle of the sexes. Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy deliver fine performances in… More
Morgan Salem
Great Classic movie. Kathrine and Specer and dynomite on screen together! I love watching them perform! ;) If you havent checked out this witty damadey you… More
Jennifer D
Review to come.
Devon Bott
Two married lawyers each represent a side in a domestic abuse case in this pre-feminist "battle of the sexes" movie. A woman follows her two-timing… More
Aj V
Hepburn wants to start women's liberation in 1949! She and her husband are lawyers on opposing sides of a case which involves a man and a woman, and they… More
Drew Smith
Energetic and surprisingly free of period romance tropes, Adam's Rib has aged beautifully. It's not the most memorable movie in the world, but… More