Alice Adams
Alice Adams (1935)

The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1935
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

That George Stevens' direction captures the wistfulness of Katharine Hepburn's superb histrionism, and yet has not sacrificed audience values at the altar of too much drabness and prosaic realism, is an achievement of no small order.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Hepburn is magnificent as the small-town social climber, although the script so softens Booth Tarkington's novel.

Emanuel Levy

George Stevens' poignant adaptation of the Tarkington famous novel is one of the few Ameriacn films of its era to examine the impact of social class in a realistic way.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Stevens's talent for stepping away from the plotline and creating intimate, casual, and naturalistic moments is given plenty of opportunity here, as it would not be in his later superproductions.

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Fernando F. Croce

Stevens' deadpan-humane approach dilutes the acid of Booth Tarkington's social critique

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's much humor that comes out of the believable characters portrayed and the pain they suffer from their plight.

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

An oddly exciting blend of tenderness, comedy and realistic despair, it touches life intimately at many points during its account of a lonely girl in a typical American small town.

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TV Guide

The pathetic, social-climbing heroine of Booth Tarkington's novel was never better played than by Hepburn, who brought a fierce determination, clutching coyness, and tragic optimism to the part.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Hepburn is real reason to seek this one out

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Kevin M. Williams
Booth Tarkington's book about class distinctions came out in 1922. The George Stevens' movie in 1935. As I write its 2013. That's a lot of… More
John Ballantine
Although Katherine Hepburn is noted for her later films with Spender Tracy, I actually like her performances in the 30s better. This film and the original… More
Aj V
A nice little slice of life drama of a poor girl who dreams her family is wealthy and important. Of course, the ending is predictable as most romantic movies… More
jay nixon
the definition of a gentle film