Bringing Up Baby
Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets an absent-minded paleontologist and unwittingly makes a fiasco of both their lives. David Huxley (Grant) is the stuffy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 18, 1938
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The enduring fascination of this 1938 screwball comedy is due to much more than its uproarious gags.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Though it's almost impossible, try to sit back sometime and enjoy this 1938 Howard Hawks masterpiece not only for its gags, but for the grace of its construction, the assurance of its style, and the richness of its themes.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Howard Hawks's "Bringing Up Baby" is the go-to example of screwball comedy that critics and film-lovers reference most as the definitive model of the genre.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

A perfect example of why directors (and even us brilliant professional critics) can often be completely in the dark about what works.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of the finest screwball comedies ever.

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Total Film

Howard Hawks's classic took the screwball cycle started by It Happened One Night to its dizzying, dazzling peak.

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Variety Staff

There is little rhyme or reason to most of the action, but it's all highly palatable.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The speedy, 102-minute film is a total delight, and the performances are so invigorating that it can withstand many multiple viewings without losing its sparks.

Tony Sloman
Radio Times

How sublime can movies get?

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Katharine Hepburn's performance alone is dynamic in this comedic classic. Bringing Up Baby is comedy gold with brilliance in its ensemble. The laughter is… More
Eric Shankle
"Bringing Up Baby" sucks. I really have no idea what this film is about aside from the fact that it involves a leopard, a bone, and a really annoying… More
Carlos Magalhães
It is ironic that this enjoyable film flopped when it was still original and now is highly regarded as a masterpiece when it is obviously outdated and full of… More
xGary Xx
An eccentric heiress takes a shine to a stuffy paleontologist and then inadvertently reduces his life to chaos in her attempt to keep him from marrying another… More
Devon Bott
Cary Grant (in a pair of glasses) plays a milquetoast nerdy-nerd scientist who's been assembling pieces of a dinosaur skeleton for years. While schmoozing… More
Aj V
This movie is really funny, although it does get a little too silly in the middle, it gets back on track in the end. A must-see movie.

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