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Pat and Mike (1952)

tomatometer

90

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 2

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy take competition to a romantic-comic highpoint in this elegantly directed sports comedy by George Cukor.

100

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy take competition to a romantic-comic highpoint in this elegantly directed sports comedy by George Cukor.

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69

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 3,320

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Movie Info

Pat (Katharine Hepburn), a college phys-ed instructor, enters into professional competition as a golf and tennis player. Mike (Spencer Tracy), a likeable but unscrupulous sports promoter, first attempts to bribe Pat to lose, but later becomes her manager. Pat performs brilliantly until her insufferable fiance Collier West (William Ching) shows up; West always manages to make Pat so nervous that she can't win to save her life. At long last, West walks out, having found Pat in a compromising

Unrated,

Romance, Classics, Comedy

Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin

Sep 19, 2000

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin here wrote an engaging screenplay about emotion-without-display for their rare uncut diamonds.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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One of the season's gayest comedies.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Tracy is given some choice lines in the script and makes much of them in an easy, throwaway style that lifts the comedy punch.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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One of the better Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn comedies -- not so much for the screenplay by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, which lacks the bite and sophistication of Adam's Rib, as for the relaxed and graceful interplay of the stars.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The best of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn cycle.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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There are far too many shots featuring real-life sports stars, but the sparring leads, and Ray's dim boxer, work superbly together under Cukor's deceptively effortless, always elegant direction.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Original comedy, with a rich look at women's sports - and gender roles.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

The familiarity the two stars communicate goes far beyond the script.

August 4, 2008

Slight sports comedy.

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film doesn't have much plot but the dialogue is bright, and the roles tailor-made for stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn demonstrates with physical strength what she proved in Adam's Rib with intellect, that women can be equal to men

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

Another fine teaming, with great support from Aldo Ray

November 12, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Hepburn and Tracy at their romantic-antagonistic best!

November 9, 2004
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)

Tracy and Hepburn turn in unforgettable performances.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tracy and Hepburn were so opposite in personal and professional style that their joyous compatibility on screen and off remains a source of wonder and delight.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Great star comedy.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not quite as fully realised as the classic Adam's Rib, but generally good.

March 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Pat and Mike

The story of of lady sports protege and her shady manager is a sheer cover for this light farce about gender roles, typecasted with Tracy and Hepburn. Despite having moments of mirth the overall feeling I got was that the writers, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, cranked this out over a weekend. Still the star pairing is magnetic. Look for Charles Bronson, Chuck Conners, and Alfalfa (of the Little Rascals) in bit parts.
May 11, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

The synopsis on here says "predictable comic mishaps" predictable is right. These stars deserve more than another predictable comedy with a little romance. Yes, they do add sports to the mix, but that doesn't make it any more interesting.
November 2, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Lady golfer Pat gets so stressed out in the presence of her fiance, she blows a golf tournament. Mike is a sports promoter who spots her at the tournament and signs her on to be one of his clients. It turns out golf is one of her "minor" sports, tennis and shooting being her major sports (although shooting really isn't referenced much subsequently). The fiance turns up at a tennis tournament and proves to be her achilles heel once again, with great visual effects used to signify her sudden mental block (it's a little bit of avant garde comedy). There are a few funny moments (Pat coming to Mike's "rescue" and beating up some gangsters for him), but the romance between Pat and Mike seems highly unlikely given the two's disparate backgrounds (she's an erudite college girl and he's a street hustling small-time promoter/bookie/gangster). A light and enjoyable comedy from two screen legends.
February 27, 2009
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

cute but the pair made better films then this.
May 7, 2007
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

    1. Mike Conovan: Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice.
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