The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth (1937)

This screwball comedy is filled with merry mix-ups and romantic misadventures that lead previously happy couple Jerry and Lucy Warriner to divorce. The trouble begins when Jerry supposedly goes to Florida for some rest; actually, he is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 1937
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Great comic direction by Leo McCarrey and memorable onscreen chemistry from stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne make this screwball comedy a charmer.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Leo McCarey's largely improvised 1937 film is one of the funniest of the screwball comedies, and also one of the most serious at heart.

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Kent Turner

The look of love [Grant] gives co-star Irene Dunne, captured not in a close-up but a medium-wide shot, could melt anyone.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Zappy, sophisticated screwball comedy with Grant and Dunne displaying perfect timing.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...has earned its reputation as one of the most effective screwball comedies from the 1930s.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

One should be rooting for Cary Grant to get the girl, which means he ought to deserve her — and if that's more or less the case here, well, it's only because the girl turns out to be no great shakes either.

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B.R. Crisler
New York Times

To be frank, The Awful Truth is awfully unimportant, but it is also one of the more laughable screen comedies of 1937, a fairly good vintage year.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the best screwball comedies (of remarriage) ever made, based on the astute mise-en-scene of director Leo McCarey (who won an Oscar) and superb turns from Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as the sparrying partners.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A smart screwball comedy from the 1930s that's given the Lubitsch touch by director Leo McCarey.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne get tired of being married and so opt for a divorce, only ... guess what? Yeah, you guessed it, they're still in love. Doh! The… More
Jennifer D
Reminded me of His Girl Friday, only older and much more tamer... Ralph Bellamy plays another dumb-witted moron while Grant plays the smooth, suave and debonair… More
Aj V
I enjoyed this movie, great cast, good story, and it's funny.
Jennifer Xu
I think I just have something against McCarey, because I usually love screwball and this is supposed to be the "definitive" one or whatever. Cary… More
Devon Bott
Cary Grant and Irene Dunn play a couple who rather impulsively decide to divorce and then spend the rest of the movie trying to undo their mistake while… More
Ken Stachnik
Not my favorite Screwball comedy, but it will do in a pinch. Also featuring Asta from the thin man series!