Woman of the Year
Woman of the Year (1942)

In this romantic comedy, New York sportswriter Sam Craig becomes incensed at comments about the uselessness of sports made by foreign correspondent Tess Harding. Sam and Tess subsequently use their respective columns to carry on a feud --… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 19, 1942
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As the first romantic-comedy pairing of Tracey and Hepburn, the stars' chemistry is off to a working start and the film's sparkling comedy smooths out any rough patches.

Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker

The film earlier has one of the very best Tracy-Hepburn love scenes, full of the sense of private shelter that they uniquely purvey.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For the first time in months, this critical spectator feels like tossing his old hat into the air and weaving a joyous snake dance over the typewriter keys in celebration of Metro's triumphant Woman of the Year...

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

isn't necessarily one of the best films of its era, but it does capture in its essence the complex nature of relationships and the unavoidable way that power dynamics can come to a head

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Variety Staff

Woman of the Year is an entertaining film with superb work by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The premise is promising...But Stevens lacks the courage to make much of the conflict; the film ends with an embarrassing sequence in which Hepburn is tamed and installed in the kitchen.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

An effervescent but edgy rom-com about love, career, the insecurities men and women felt (and, sadly, still feel to some extent) around burgeoning feminism. [Criterion Blu-ray]

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Time Out

Tracy and Hepburn were a great team, and this, their first outing together, set the seal on the pattern to follow into the next decade.

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Eric Melin

For anyone looking to add a single Hepburn/Tracy movie to their collection, this is the one.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Filled with witty lines and hilarious situations, the film is good entertainment, reminding us of Hepburn and Tracy's appeal

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I do like Hepburn and Tracy, and they give good performances, but the story is too predictable and boring.
jay nixon
good but desk set is better
Spencer S.
Another great Tracy/Hepburn pairing. This is the closest of their films to show their actual relationship behind the scenes.
Michael Gildea
Whiile very good, it's sad to watch when you realize there'll never be another team-up this great again.
Stella Dallas
this is how to do romantic comedy. amazing chemistry and sharp dialogue
Byron Brubaker
Snappy romantic comedy! There's a reason Tracy and Hepburn were such a famous pair. In this, their first pairing, they're both newspaper reporters.… More