Woman of the Year

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In the first romantic comedy pairing of Tracy and Hepburn, the stars' chemistry is off to a working start and the film's sparkling comedy smooths out any rough patches.

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80%

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Tess Harding (Katharine Hepburn) is a progressively-minded political journalist. Sam Craig (Spencer Tracy) is a sports writer with very traditional values. The only thing the two have in common is that they both work for the same New York City newspaper. Despite an initial and mutual dislike, the two eventually fall in love and get married. When Tess wins the Woman of the Year award, traditional gender roles become flipped and their relationship suffers as a result.

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Fay Bainter
Ellen Whitcomb
Minor Watson
William J. Harding
William Bendix
"Pinkie" Peters
Gladys Blake
Flo Peters
Dan Tobin
Gerald Howe
Roscoe Karns
Phil Whittaker
William Tannen
Ellis
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Critic Reviews for Woman of the Year

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3)

  • The film earlier has one of the very best Tracy-Hepburn love scenes, full of the sense of private shelter that they uniquely purvey.

    January 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Woman of the Year is an entertaining film with superb work by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Tracy and Hepburn were a great team, and this, their first outing together, set the seal on the pattern to follow into the next decade.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • For the first time in months, this critical spectator feels like tossing his old hat into the air and weaving a joyous snake dance over the typewriter keys in celebration of Metro's triumphant Woman of the Year...

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Brilliant except for the odd part about the adopted child and awkward ending.

    February 23, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

    Nell Minow

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  • The premise is promising...But Stevens lacks the courage to make much of the conflict; the film ends with an embarrassing sequence in which Hepburn is tamed and installed in the kitchen.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Woman of the Year

  • Jul 04, 2017
    The movie kind of falls apart when it shifts gears from taking Hepburn's wit and independence seriously to lecturing her . . . I know much of that is just simply the time period but it does make the final act seem out of place.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2014
    This real life couple are pretty cute in the scenarios that they end up together. Tracy and Hepburn were great on their own and they really play off one another to give us something special.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    hepburn and tracy's first screen pairing and it's a rough ride. it's saved somewhat by some light humour but the abyss of mainstream sensibilities is evident and it drags!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I do like Hepburn and Tracy, and they give good performances, but the story is too predictable and boring.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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