His Girl Friday Reviews

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June 21, 2019
Newspaper screwball comedy His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, remains one of the funniest comedy films of all time.
June 14, 2019
A line is never allowed to reverberate but is quickly attached to another, funnier line in a very underrated comedy that champions the sardonic and quick-witted over the plodding, sober citizens.
November 1, 2018
Characters step on each other's lines in the speedy exchanges of weaponized words, and the humor of the banter and their delivery haven't lost their punch in nearly 80 years.
March 2, 2018
Howard Hawks returned to the material and added a twist that made it all his own: he transformed the love-hate buddy comedy of dirty tricks into a delicious battle of the sexes.
August 3, 2017
Hawks conducts the intrigue at such a frantic lick - achieving speed by means of overlapping dialogue and manoeuvring the actors within the frame rather than by quick cutting - that we are willingly swept along.
January 25, 2017
'His Girl Friday' is more feminist than it even gets credit for.
January 19, 2017
By switching the main character's gender and adding romantic sparks, Hawks turned the masterful, raucous Chicago newsroom farce The Front Page into the perfect screwball comedy.
January 16, 2017
Delivering a parity of belly laughs and social commentary, His Girl Friday is satire of the highest order.
January 10, 2017
one of the fastest, funniest, and most honestly brutal comedies of the classical Hollywood era
December 5, 2016
It's one of the most aggressive comedies of all time, and it earns that aggression by also being one of the most perfect.
February 10, 2014
It's a miraculous balancing act from Hawks, who keeps death-row drama bleeding under the movie's screwball skin to give this frantic battle of the sexes a fiendishly dark sophistication.
February 10, 2014
Clever, witty and extremely satisfying, this marvellous film is still achingly funny today.
December 18, 2010
Sassy, screwball classic with a feminist twist.
October 13, 2010
Have the movies ever talked this quickly, before or since?
December 15, 2009
The movie bears reviewing because there's always something new in the confetti of one-liners, while its depiction of the Fourth Estate remains relevant.
September 1, 2009
The ultimate lesson of His Girl Friday--that it's tougher to manage a marriage than a newspaper--looks in 2008 like pure nostalgia.
April 2, 2008
As close to perfection as you could possibly hope for, His Girl Friday is a delirious joy.
April 2, 2008
Cary Grant's performance is truly virtuoso -- stunning technique applied to the most challenging material.
April 2, 2008
It's exactly the type of craziness that good newspapers thrive on. Stop the presses.
April 2, 2008
Casting is excellent, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the top roles.
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