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Ball of Fire Reviews

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Charles Taylor
Village Voice
December 22, 2015
Ball of Fire came out five days before Pearl Harbor. You can imagine Americans listening to its flood of slang and knowing exactly what they were fighting for.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 20, 2015
Great, deep, humane, well-built comedy. But throw in Barbara Stanwyck's unbelievable act of character creation, and that's when Ball of Fire becomes its best self.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 18, 2011
'I've gone goofy, completely goofy,' Cooper says, as the chaos of slang overwhelms his orderly vocabulary: 'Bim-buggy, slap-happy.' Watching 'Ball of Fire,' you feel similarly liberated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 7, 2010
One of the best screwball comedies.
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TIME Magazine
February 4, 2009
Actor Cooper plays his Mr. Deeds role with the authority of long familiarity, and Miss Stanwyck (once Ruby Stevens, of Brooklyn) is equally at home in hers.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 14, 2007
Casting is meticulously perfect to make every character a caricature of itself.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 14, 2007
A delight.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 24, 2007
As the timid professor and burlesque stripper, Cooper and Stanwyck are at the top of their form in Hawks' delectable screwball comedy, based on a witty script from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
May 24, 2007
After the rush of His Girl Friday, Ball of Fire is a more sedate ride, full of such marvelous passages as the conga line Stanwyck's delectable Sugarpuss teaches the professors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 31, 2006
Does a fine job subverting the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs children's story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Pure joy.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 19, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 9, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 4, 2003
What a team: Stanwyck was rarely sexier, Cooper never more endearing. A jewel of a comedy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 30, 2003
Co-escrito por Billy Wilder e Charles Brackett, o filme tem um ótimo senso de humor, performances hilárias de todo o elenco e direção enérgica de Hawks.
| Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Cooper and Stanwyck make an attractive pairing in Hawks' consistently funny romantic comedy.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Cooper may be a little loose-tooth in spots, but he gives a homespun performance such as only he can give. Miss Stanwyck is plenty yum-yum (meaning scorchy) in her worldly temptress role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Thompson
Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
February 12, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 30, 2003
A great screwball comedy, with Stanwyck in one of her sexiest roles.
| Original Score: 4/5
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