The Women
The Women (1939)

Based on the Clare Booth Luce play of the same name, this MGM comedy is famous for its all-female cast and deft direction by George Cukor. The plot centers on a group of gossipy high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1939
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A film that deserves to be seen (or seen again).

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Variety Staff

Picture however holds passages that slow movement down to a walk.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Much of the dialogue is comic gold, with several risque quips somehow making it past the censors ("He could crack a coconut with those knees ... if he could get them together!").

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

The catty banter and Wildean aphorisms (some of them contributed by Anita Loos) are delivered with impeccable timing by a cast only MGM could have mustered.

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Time Out

A more eccentric film than the following year's The Philadelphia Story, with which it shares a couple of faces, it's almost as fabulous.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Isn't quite as nasty as it probably could have been, coming several years after the establishment of the Hays Code, but it's still plenty witty.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

[Cukor is] at his best with a cast that includes Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hedda Hopper, Ruth Hussey, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A pretty superb and remarkable film...

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Tom Dawson

Directed by Cukor with his trademark elegance, and proof of the filmmaker's famed ability to direct female actresses, this sparkling satire on backbiting, privileged women continues to delight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The concept and execution is very much of its time. (Other timely examples of comedy of manners include The Philadelphia Story and Trouble in Paradise.) The… More
Morgan Salem
MUCH MUCH better than the new one!...I love Joan Crawfords dress @ the end scene
Nicki Marie
Much preferred to the Meg Ryan remake of this. I didn't enjoy that one so much I almost didn't want to watch this one at all! Thankfully, it was… More
Aj V
Although this film has an all star cast, that can't make up for how boring and talky it is. Most of the movie consists of women gossiping about their… More
Randy Tippy
Left me wondering why any man would step out on warm and beautiful Norma Shearer for creepy and conniving Joan Crawford. *Phenomenal cast includes Rosalind… More
Jennifer Xu
The women are every bit as bitchy as I hoped they would be, even though I slightly got confused who everybody was. This is a movie that would benefit with… More