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Stage Door Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 27, 2015
The entire cast is stellar, including little knowns Lucille Ball -- "my big break"-- Eve Arden, "real discovery" Andrea Leeds, Jack Carson, and a 14-year-old Ann Miller who lied about her age.
Melissa Anderson
Artforum
February 12, 2015
Stage Door crackles with zingers ad-libbed by a cast that includes Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball.
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2012
While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
It is funny in spots, emotionally effective occasionally, and generally brisk and entertaining.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 14, 2007
Stage Door, La Cava's serio comedy about a group of aspiring actresses, is one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable backstage sagas. In top form, Hepburn and Ginger Rogers head a large cast that includes Lucille Ball, Andrea Leeds, and Ann Miller
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 14, 2006
La Cava keeps it always fascinating, the pace lively, the dialogue sharp and the ensemble cast all chip in with first-class performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 18, 2005
Second only to the incomparable All About Eve as the best movie ever made about the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 14, 2005
The movie is hilarious and touching with classic scenes of Hepburn trying to emote her lines about calla lilies.
| Original Score: A-
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
February 18, 2005
If you love movies, Stage Door is mandatory viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2004
**** All About Eve. The real masterpiece about women and theater is Gregory La Cava's Stage Door.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 1, 2004
Snappy adaptation of the play marred only by an outburst of sappiness at the end.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 16, 2003
Amazing cast, wonderful script, comedy and tragedy. A classic film.
| Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
The plot is, in fact, unimportant, as the piece has an atmosphere and accuracy that remains entirely convincing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
May 15, 2003
Hepburn is at her best here, witty and challenging and dangerous.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 21, 2002
Good, solid, 1930s entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
A stellar cast, superb direction, and a screenplay even better than the stage play on which it was based, all add up to one of the best movies about show business -- or about women living together -- ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Stage Door (1937) is director Gregory La Cava's superb, realistic film about show business, female camaraderie, and the lives of aspiring, rival actresses
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