The Awful Truth Reviews

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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
A joy.
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.
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.
October 30, 2004
August 22, 2003
August 16, 2003
Episodic but sublime screwball comedy, with Grant and Dunne at their most alluring.
May 21, 2003
To be frank, The Awful Truth is awfully unimportant, but it is also one of the more laughable screen comedies of 1937, a fairly good vintage year.
April 4, 2003
As pleasurable as anything a Hollywood studio and the star system ever produced.
March 26, 2003
Merely one of the greatest comedies ever made.
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