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Alice Adams (1935)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

Unrated,

Drama, Romance, Classics

Dorothy Yost, Mortimer Offner, Jane Murfin

Jan 7, 2003

Turner Home Entertainment

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That George Stevens' direction captures the wistfulness of Katharine Hepburn's superb histrionism, and yet has not sacrificed audience values at the altar of too much drabness and prosaic realism, is an achievement of no small order.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Stevens's talent for stepping away from the plotline and creating intimate, casual, and naturalistic moments is given plenty of opportunity here, as it would not be in his later superproductions.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An oddly exciting blend of tenderness, comedy and realistic despair, it touches life intimately at many points during its account of a lonely girl in a typical American small town.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Hepburn is magnificent as the small-town social climber, although the script so softens Booth Tarkington's novel.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Stevens' deadpan-humane approach dilutes the acid of Booth Tarkington's social critique

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The pathetic, social-climbing heroine of Booth Tarkington's novel was never better played than by Hepburn, who brought a fierce determination, clutching coyness, and tragic optimism to the part.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

George Stevens' poignant adaptation of the Tarkington famous novel is one of the few Ameriacn films of its era to examine the impact of social class in a realistic way.

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

There's much humor that comes out of the believable characters portrayed and the pain they suffer from their plight.

August 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hepburn is real reason to seek this one out

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Hepburn is heartwarming

January 11, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Alice Adams would be forgotten if it weren't for Hepburn's typically charismatic performance as the woman who turns social climbing into an art form.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The flaws stand out like bad lawn jockeys.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Alice Adams (1935) is RKO's touching, effectively poignant portrayal of small-town, mid-Western American pretenses

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Audience Reviews for Alice Adams

Booth Tarkington's book about class distinctions came out in 1922. The George Stevens' movie in 1935. As I write its 2013. That's a lot of water under the bridge, as they say. Kate Hepburn's character, a young woman desperate to bridge the class gulf society has set for her, willing to do all in her power to cross that divide ... I found shallow and despicable. She lies, she puts her family through hell, all to "get" oblivious MacMurray (as the objet d'desire), who never seems to question her endless machinations. The dinner scene, the height of tension in the film, where everything goes wrong, is still the best thing about the work. Maybe they should remake it ... ?
January 19, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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A nice little slice of life drama of a poor girl who dreams her family is wealthy and important. Of course, the ending is predictable as most romantic movies are, but it's still an enjoyable drama.
October 22, 2010
ajv2688

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the definition of a gentle film
April 4, 2007
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jay nixon

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Although Katherine Hepburn is noted for her later films with Spender Tracy, I actually like her performances in the 30s better. This film and the original version of Little Women are some of the best performances that Katherine ever gave.
July 4, 2007
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