Woman of the Year (1942)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn costarred for the first time in the delectable romantic comedy Woman of the Year. Tracy plays New York sportswriter Sam Craig, who becomes incensed at comments about the uselessness of sports made by foreign correspondent Tess Harding (Hepburn). Sam and Tess subsequently use their respective columns to carry on a feud-at least, until they finally meet face to face. After Sam takes Tess to her first baseball game (one of the funniest scenes ever committed to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Kanin, Ring Lardner Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
MGM Home Entertainment


as Sam Craig

as Tess Harding

as Ellen Whitcomb

as Flo Peters

as William Harding

as Pinkie Peters

as Gerald

as Phil Whittaker

as Dr. Martin Lubbeck

as Matron at Refugee Ho...

as Man at Banquet

as Justice of the Peace

as Harding's chauffeur

as Punchy

as Football player

as Chairlady

as Building Superintend...

as Man at Banquet

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Al Dunlap

as Mrs. Dunlap

as Radio Emcee
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Critic Reviews for Woman of the Year

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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...

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Woman of the Year

I do like Hepburn and Tracy, and they give good performances, but the story is too predictable and boring.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Another great Tracy/Hepburn pairing. This is the closest of their films to show their actual relationship behind the scenes.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

this is how to do romantic comedy. amazing chemistry and sharp dialogue

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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