Twentieth Century Reviews

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July 25, 2019
The witty repartee and lightning fast pacing keeps viewers breathlessly entertained.
July 22, 2019
A highly operatic duet of temperament, with John Barrymore as a theatrical producer and Carole Lombard as his star actress. Extremely good comedy.
July 7, 2010
A weird look at an actress with a love-hate relation with her outrageous, dominating director.
October 5, 2008
[Howard Hawks'] mix of frantic pacing, whiplash shifts in tone and devil-may-care direction of glamorous stars in wacky parts launched the defining comedy genre of the thirties.
July 12, 2008
One of the sharpest ever comedy film scripts is turned in by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht.
February 11, 2006
Often credited as the first screwball comedy… an acerbic satire of show-business ego and superficiality.
October 7, 2005
July 27, 2005
Classic screwball romance between overbearing Broadway producer and his gorgeous but empty headed protege
June 25, 2005
A shining example of moviemaking magnificence.
June 19, 2005
April 7, 2005
Funny, but it gets too repetitious in the last act and slowly crumbles into the relatively obscure minor work it has become today.
March 13, 2005
Less a backstage farce than prototypical screwball, Howard Hawks' brilliantly funny Twentieth Century set the stage for the subgenre that most consider the peak of American screen humor.
February 26, 2005
Casually reverses and undermines its frumpy thesis by validating the effortlessly supple benefits of the seventh art.
February 26, 2005
...far from the classic it's often made out to be.
February 21, 2005
Hawks was gifted above all at this kind of fast-paced farce, and somehow made it work without the aid of padding or rest periods.
June 21, 2004
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