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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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95

Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 2

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

86

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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

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Average Rating: 4/5
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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 paleontologist who needs to finish an exhibit on dinosaurs and thus land a $1 million grant for his museum. At a golf outing with his potential benefactors, Huxley is spotted by Susan Vance (Hepburn) who decides that she must have the reserved scientist at all costs.

Unrated,

Romance, Classics, Comedy

Mar 1, 2005

Turner Home Entertainment

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (2) | DVD (13)

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

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A perfect example of why directors (and even us brilliant professional critics) can often be completely in the dark about what works.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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There is little rhyme or reason to most of the action, but it's all highly palatable.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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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.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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One of the finest screwball comedies ever.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

May 5, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Howard Hawks's classic took the screwball cycle started by It Happened One Night to its dizzying, dazzling peak.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

How sublime can movies get?

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Bringing Up Baby's narrative and thematic directions have much in common with those of Shakespearean comedy.

August 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Classic screwball comedy stars Hepburn, Grant.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Grant plays the timid Dr. David Huxley with the proper restraint and tics.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Grant e Hepburn estabelecem uma ótima dinâmica e revelam um impecável timing cômico, mas nem mesmo o ritmo invejável da narrativa consegue ocultar o fato de que algumas de suas principais gags envelheceram mal.

April 1, 2009
Cinema em Cena

One of the highest high points of the entire screwball comedy genre, with its sharp script and wonderfully balanced leads.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Hard to believe that Hawks' lunatic screwball comedy, with top-notch turns by Grant and Hepburn, was underrated by critics and commercial flop at the time; history proves otherwise.

May 7, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of Hollywood's greatest comedies.

January 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The great screwball comedies of the 1930s and '40s are polar opposites of today's, which makes revisiting them a joy.

April 8, 2005

One of those movies that seems to improve upon repeat viewings.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

If Hawks had a real gift it was the ability of moving things along.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There are many who make the argument that Bringing Up Baby is a forgotten treasure ... Don't believe a word of it.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (4)
Filmcritic.com

Its purpose is only to delight, and it succeeds.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Bringing Up Baby

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 a rich lady's lawyer on the golf course, he runs into Katharine Hepburn, a scatter-brained (yet attractive) lunatic who brings trouble with her wherever she goes, especially to the scientist. For good measure, they throw a leopard named baby (whose favorite song is "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby") into the mix and you have what might be director Howard Hawks' screwiest screwball comedy, lighter-than-air and yet heartily amusing. If there can be any criticism (and really, it's hard to take too critical a glance at something so lightweight), it may be with Hepburn and her portrayal of Susan Vance. The character is willfully ignorant, is mainly used as a means of advancing the comedic situations. But in working so hard to achieve this ignorant arrogance, the film loses a little bit of it's momentum (and good will). It's only once the film really gets rolling that Hepburn's comedic inadequacies can be overlooked (in fact, the film is almost a tale of two performances from Hepburn, the overly affected and forced first half of the performance, and the more flowing feel the performance achieves by the end). It's an unusual film to say the least.
April 10, 2013
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Katherine Hepburn's performance alone is dynamic in this comedic classic. Bringing Up Baby is comedy gold with brilliance in its ensemble. The laughter is timeless, the dialogue is crisp and, once again, Hepburn and Grant formulate a charming duo. 4/5
February 27, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

"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 lady. Maybe I played too much Temple Run while watching it.
December 11, 2012
Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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 woman. Considered a classic by most, Bringing Up Baby is one of those old school comedies that defines the term "screwball". It's essentially a farce involving a pet leopard who gets loose while the professor attempts to conceal his identity from a wealthy dowager while hunting for his missing bone that has been stolen by her pet dog and, well, you get the picture. It's really just a lot of falling over, running around and walking in and out of rooms while various onlookers are frightened by the big cat and no-one ever believing the unlikely explanations proffered for the various ridiculous situations. Cary Grant once more shows his talent for comedic timing but although I'm a big fan of Katharine Hepburn, here I just found her constant jabbering and trickery rather irritating. The "plot" is also just a series of absurd coincidences, which is fine if it's funny but it didn't really make me laugh. Comedy is a very personal thing and as I prefer the screwball comedies that rely on snappy dialogue rather than slapstick, this one didn't really do it for me. I'll take His Girl Friday over it any day.
June 15, 2011
garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

    1. David Huxley: Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but - well, there haven't been any quiet moments.
    – Submitted by Andy A (2 years ago)
    1. Susan Vance: There *is* a leopard on your roof and it's my leopard and I have to get it and to get it I have to sing.
    – Submitted by Andy A (2 years ago)
    1. Aunt Elizabeth: But why are you wearing 'these' clothes?
    2. David Huxley: Because I just went gay all of a sudden!
    3. Aunt Elizabeth: Now see here young man, stop this nonsense. What are you doing?
    4. David Huxley: [exasperated and wearing Susan's negligee] I'm standing in the middle of 42nd Street waiting for a bus!
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. David Huxley: But Susan, you can't climb in a man's bedroom window!
    2. Susan Vance: I know, it's on the second floor!
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. Aunt Elizabeth: Well who are you?
    2. David Huxley: I don't know. I'm not quite myself today.
    3. Aunt Elizabeth: Well, you look perfectly idiotic in those clothes.
    4. David Huxley: These aren't my clothes.
    5. Aunt Elizabeth: Well, where are your clothes?
    6. David Huxley: I've lost my clothes!
    7. Aunt Elizabeth: But why are you wearing 'these' clothes?
    8. David Huxley: Because I just went gay all of a sudden!
    9. Aunt Elizabeth: Now see here young man, stop this nonsense. What are you doing?
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. David Huxley: I'll be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody!
    – Submitted by Ray R (2 years ago)
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