Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 1944
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Despite the fact that picture runs 118 minutes, Frank Capra has expanded on the original play [by Joseph Kesselring] to a sufficient extent to maintain a steady, consistent pace.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Dusty but gentle entertainment.

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The film was adapted from a successful stage play and it comes across as very theatrical on screen, but once you get past that, there's an enjoyable lunacy to the whole thing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The timing is abysmal throughout, turning fast pace into numbing frenzy.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Today the stellar cast comes across as overacting, mugging into predictable pratfalls, blustering obtuseness and telegraphed laff lines.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.

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New York Times

Good macabre fun.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Cary Grant et al are on sparkling form in this classic darkly twisted comedy.

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TV Guide

Riotously funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
While the first half hour is exceptionally hilarious (with Cary Grant displaying a perfect comic timing there), this madcap dark comedy soon resorts to… More
xGary Xx
The newly married nephew of a pair of dear old ladies is shocked to discover that they have been euthenising the lonely old gents of their neighbourhood.… More
Saskia D.
Way too theatrical for my taste. I couldn't stand watching it anymore, so I turned it off after watching the first hour.
Melvin White
Police Sgt. Brophy: They're two of the dearest, sweetest, kindest, old ladies that ever walked the earth. They're out of this world. They're… More
Jim Hunter
A newlywed discovers that his aged aunts have been poisoning lonely bachelors as his brother returns with a body to hide. This is a shallow but enjoyable farce.… More
Graham Jones
The darker but comical side of Frank Capra came out for this black comedy classic. This movie will have you laughing, even almost 70 years after it's… More