The Awful Truth Reviews
July 24, 2020
It's so outrageously funny that the bitterness never sets in, marking this as one of the most lighthearted bouts of mudslinging in screwball comedy history.
July 19, 2019
A wonderfully smooth blend of lively acting, bright dialogue, witty direction and hearty slapstick.
November 27, 2018
They are so captivating that without realizing it we willingly put ourselves in the position of a dog choosing between masters.
April 23, 2018
Historically, The Awful Truth is probably most significant as the film that secured Grant's star, forcing him to adopt his famously relaxed persona through McCarey's improvisational approach to filming.
April 12, 2018
This is Grant's first truly remarkable performance, morphing a romantic leading man into a suave, impish clown.
May 27, 2008
Leo McCarey's largely improvised 1937 film is one of the funniest of the screwball comedies, and also one of the most serious at heart.
April 10, 2007
...has earned its reputation as one of the most effective screwball comedies from the 1930s.
November 9, 2006
One of the best screwball comedies (of remarriage) ever made, based on the astute mise-en-scene of director Leo McCarey (who won an Oscar) and superb turns from Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as the sparrying partners.
June 24, 2006
Zappy, sophisticated screwball comedy with Grant and Dunne displaying perfect timing.
February 17, 2006
The look of love [Grant] gives co-star Irene Dunne, captured not in a close-up but a medium-wide shot, could melt anyone.
February 10, 2006
One should be rooting for Cary Grant to get the girl, which means he ought to deserve her — and if that's more or less the case here, well, it's only because the girl turns out to be no great shakes either.
January 7, 2006
A smart screwball comedy from the 1930s that's given the Lubitsch touch by director Leo McCarey.
December 6, 2005
Its sophistication convinced the Academy that it was more than "just" a comedy and they awarded McCarey the Best Director Oscar
May 3, 2005
Among the finest of the screwball "comedies of remarriage," The Awful Truth showcases Grant and Dunne at their most winning.
August 16, 2003
Episodic but sublime screwball comedy, with Grant and Dunne at their most alluring.