The Little Minister Reviews

  • Oct 11, 2013

    good kate hepburn vehicle

    good kate hepburn vehicle

  • Jan 08, 2013

    Katharine Hepburn's free spirit is tamed in a light romantic story full of curious Scottish accents. The second half of the film becomes a melodrama as the love story unfolds.

    Katharine Hepburn's free spirit is tamed in a light romantic story full of curious Scottish accents. The second half of the film becomes a melodrama as the love story unfolds.

  • Nov 23, 2012

    I will never understand what was so bad about this film or why it was one of the reasons why Katharine Hepburn briefly became box office poison (Before making one of the greatest comebacks ever with The Philadelphia Story). I found it to be a charming and wonderful romantic drama about a stuffy reverend of a small Scottish village who falls in love with a strange gypsy girl wandering in the nearby woods. Though they don't really like each other at first, she shows him the true meaning of compassion and she starts to fall in love with him. It's a striking film about expectations, initial biases, and overcoming those hurdles, while also providing a surprisingly heartfelt film that explores the nature of faith better than most other religious films. The Little Minister is one of the most underrated films in Katharine Hepburn's filmography that deserves proper critical re-evaluation.

    I will never understand what was so bad about this film or why it was one of the reasons why Katharine Hepburn briefly became box office poison (Before making one of the greatest comebacks ever with The Philadelphia Story). I found it to be a charming and wonderful romantic drama about a stuffy reverend of a small Scottish village who falls in love with a strange gypsy girl wandering in the nearby woods. Though they don't really like each other at first, she shows him the true meaning of compassion and she starts to fall in love with him. It's a striking film about expectations, initial biases, and overcoming those hurdles, while also providing a surprisingly heartfelt film that explores the nature of faith better than most other religious films. The Little Minister is one of the most underrated films in Katharine Hepburn's filmography that deserves proper critical re-evaluation.

  • May 16, 2011

    I Watched it on TCM and thought it was charming--silly in only the way a 1934-Hollywood-worldview can be silly--but otherwise nicely done. And, of course, Hepburn was glorious.

    I Watched it on TCM and thought it was charming--silly in only the way a 1934-Hollywood-worldview can be silly--but otherwise nicely done. And, of course, Hepburn was glorious.

  • Dec 27, 2010

    The Little Minister (1934) -- [6.0] -- A young minister (John Beal) falls in love with a gypsy (Katharine Hepburn) and begins a village scandal. Hepburn and Beal are fairly matched and the rural setting is lovingly evoked through impressive indoor sets. The story, based on a novel by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, doesn't quite break free from the hackneyed cross-class romance mold, but you could do worse for formulaic '30s fare.

    The Little Minister (1934) -- [6.0] -- A young minister (John Beal) falls in love with a gypsy (Katharine Hepburn) and begins a village scandal. Hepburn and Beal are fairly matched and the rural setting is lovingly evoked through impressive indoor sets. The story, based on a novel by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, doesn't quite break free from the hackneyed cross-class romance mold, but you could do worse for formulaic '30s fare.

  • Jan 27, 2010

    It?s a bit too talky and although Katherine Hepburn isn?t bad, it?s not one of her more memorable roles or performances. Good production, fine art direction and costumes. The score is good as well. The story is a little bland and it?s a bit too long.

    It?s a bit too talky and although Katherine Hepburn isn?t bad, it?s not one of her more memorable roles or performances. Good production, fine art direction and costumes. The score is good as well. The story is a little bland and it?s a bit too long.

  • Jan 27, 2010

    It’s a bit too talky and although Katherine Hepburn isn’t bad, it’s not one of her more memorable roles or performances. Good production, fine art direction and costumes. The score is good as well. The story is a little bland and it’s a bit too long.

    It’s a bit too talky and although Katherine Hepburn isn’t bad, it’s not one of her more memorable roles or performances. Good production, fine art direction and costumes. The score is good as well. The story is a little bland and it’s a bit too long.

  • Jan 20, 2009

    always good with Kate

    always good with Kate