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Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib

1949
Romance
Comedy
1h 41m
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Avg Percentile 59.68% from 717 total ratings

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Rated 17 Dec 2012
84
83rd
Not until Freddy Got Fingered was the gag of someone sticking a gun in their mouth topped. Bite down on the barrel. Bite down hard!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
16th
Fairly entertaining comedy, though I thought Katharine Hepburn was entirely unsympathetic, a self-centered shrew whose efforts were so pathetically misguided as to be laughable (in a way that I don't think was intended).
Rated 29 Dec 2006
81
64th
At times it feels rather formulaic and forced, but the dynamic between Hepburn and Tracy makes the whole thing worthwhile.
Rated 04 Jan 2013
54
52nd
The sexual politics are more than a little dated now and having this center on an attempted murder where the woman should clearly have been found guilty was a pretty poor plot device. Still, Hepburn and Tracy are always a joy to see on screen together and carry the movie far past the limits of the mediocre narrative.
Rated 30 May 2023
75
83rd
Surprisingly thoughtful -- coupling is a balancing act.
Rated 31 Mar 2013
80
80th
More cleverly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, but the film's gender role discussion still holds up surprisingly well after 65+ years. The Tracy-Hepburn combo is pure energy, and I really like the hugely talented Judy Holliday.
Rated 07 Aug 2023
60
35th
The ol' liquorice gun bit -- gets me every time. Tracy and Hepburn have such great chemistry that it's fun just to watch them.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
20
19th
Tracy and Hepburn don't work for me at all
Rated 29 Nov 2008
83
59th
A decent little courtroom farce, only the tone was all over the place, and I was never sure who I should be rooting for. A little more focus and this movie could have been a masterpiece.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
70th
Hepburn and Tracy doing their romcom thing. Hepburn's character is a little hard to like sometimes, but I can see the charm. I can see it. Also, the character's name is "Adam Bonner," which is just flat-out hilarious.
Rated 20 Oct 2009
70
41st
Not as good as it should be. The situation is not all that believable, mostly because of Amanda's weak arguments for equality in a case of clear guilt. Her whole attitude, while playing well off of Tracy's lovable teddy bear character, actually seems to set back the equality argument because of her short-sightedness and manipulative machinations. That said, the dialogue remains snappy, and Tracy's Adam eventually gets his moment, even if it seems a bit more muted than the filmmaker intends.
Rated 31 Jan 2012
60
43rd
I enjoyed the chemistry between Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and again in this film. Anyway, it was an alright film. I enjoyed parts of it and didn't much care for others. Overall, it was watchable but nothing spectacular.
Rated 13 Aug 2020
75
82nd
A court room dramedy that is equal parts hilarious and scathing critique of patriarchy. The repartee between Tracy and Hepburn is a joy to watch while Judy Holliday as the unsuspecting symbol of women's rights is delightful.
Rated 04 Nov 2012
73
53rd
This movie is very charming and features a wonderful cast. It is also dated and has a fairly corny screenplay.
Rated 27 Jul 2012
60
10th
Another Katharine Hepburn movie where I hate Katharine Hepburn's character. She may have good intentions, but there isn't a single thing to like about her. The songwriter character is a jerk, too. Really sympathized with Spencer Tracy here overall. This movie is pleasant enough, but rarely funny. Why was Tom Ewell so cool despite looking like such a geek?
Rated 12 Mar 2014
75
49th
Tracy and Hepburn have really good chemistry together even if Tracy's character is pretty unlikable, and it has a feminist message to it, which is still surprisingly relevant in post-Lorena Bobbit world.
Rated 03 Sep 2012
75
52nd
this one is a romantic comedy that fails at the comedy, but succeeds at the romance. i'm a firm believer that the tracy/hepburn duo could make a lamp shade into a decent movie, hell, this one even got me over my hate of judy holliday. this is still not the best the two made.
Rated 22 Sep 2012
76
51st
Tracy and Hepburn were good but the supporting cast could have been less annoying.
Rated 29 Jan 2010
89
80th
Tracy and Hepburn in a well-written battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Judy Holiday is wonderful in her film debut. It gets a little too heavy-handed toward the end, and anyone but Hepburn would have been extraordinarily unsympathetic in this role, but the Gordon-Kanin script was written for the Hepburn and Tracy, and the two make it work.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
85
74th
Hepburn and Tracey - a classic.
Rated 08 Dec 2011
70
53rd
Tracy and Hepburn's quarrels are a tremendous fun watch, but the rest of the movie never really catches one and at the end seems rather pointless...
Rated 24 Oct 2013
80
73rd
A funny, entertaining movie and with a script well ahead of its time. Some scenes, mostly due to Katharine Hepburn's character, do get a little over-the-top. But this is a comedic movie and not a lecture in gender studies. It's definitely worth a watch. (post review edit: a review by Icarus caught my attention, besides missing the point of the court case as a vehicle for comedy between the sexes, a demented statement "case of CLEAR guilt" is also used. I recommend you look up "wife battery".)
Rated 16 Dec 2013
40
86th
Doesn't quite find the right blend of comedy and drama. The material is too tragic to be a successful comedy with moments too silly to be a successful drama and overall not nearly self-conscious enough to be a successful dark comedy. But Hepburn and Tracy are charming as ever.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
100
95th
Smart and sophisticated. One of Hollywood's greatest comedies about the battle of the sexes, with peerless Tracy and Hepburn supported by movie newcomers Holliday, Ewell, Hagen, and Wayne.
Rated 11 Mar 2019
88
58th
88.00
Rated 13 Apr 2012
80
66th
Charming movie and performances from Tracy, Hepburn, and Holliday.
Rated 22 Sep 2013
88
95th
87.500
Rated 05 Jan 2016
40
13th
Not sure how this one got labeled a comedy, almost completely lacking in humor and what jokes there are don't fit the tone. It's an "issue" film about equal rights for women, but ends up being quite regressive. Amanda uses pretty suspect logic to defend her client and in the end, is "proven" wrong by Adam after the trial has ended.
Rated 15 Nov 2014
72
92nd
Woman's lib theme that's really not too dated considering it was made in 1949. It's really surprising how little has changed in more than 50 years.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
33rd
The first movie I know of with the "gay neighbour who dishes out comedy and advice" plot device.
Rated 08 Jan 2012
50
28th
Interesting plot about gender equality, though a wife's attempt of homicide her husband (and not in self-defense) is not the best scenario to proove it. Amanda (Hepburn) is not defending equality but a woman that tried to kill, using a real equality problem to make her look not guilty when she is (she told Amanda she wanted to kill him), putting the focus out of the truth. Anyway, the best part of this movie is trial effects on Amanda and Adam (Tracy) and of course, the duel between both actors.
Rated 12 Oct 2021
60
35th
This is easily a long final exam for a lawyer's professional responsibility class: how many infractions can you spot? I felt like the comedy was hitting the beats at the wrong time; that, of course, could be me, or it could be the different time this was from. It also seemed too apparent that this was a movie with a mission, which came out a little preachy.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
20
29th
This was supposed to be a comedy?!?!
Rated 08 Mar 2011
60
50th
I dislike Hepburn in general but the script definitely does her no favors here. Moreover, it's not a very funny film. The Hepburn-Tracy pairing brings a certain energy, though.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
4
71st
"Irresistable comedy from one of Hollywood's greatest pairings."
Rated 19 Oct 2017
70
82nd
Classic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
79th
Classic Tracy and Hepburn battle of sexes as he prosecutes and she defends a woman who tried to kill her philandering husband.
Rated 13 May 2021
95
91st
Katharine Hepburn must rule the whole world.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
70
50th
It is the case that Cukor did many successful adaptations, so it's nice to be able to point out a few works that were movie originals: Pat and Mike, A Double Life, and Adam's Rib. However, all three of those screenplays were by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. This team believed in situation, crisis, comedy, and humanity - but situation above all. They have a gem that foreshadows feminism, women in the workplace, and that crackling battle of the sexes for which Hepburn and Tracy were so suited.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
75
88th
As a comedy, it's not all that funny, but as a thoughtful examination of gender roles, it's surprisingly ahead of its time.
Rated 04 Feb 2007
80
43rd
The court room scenes carry are well acted, directed and paced, keeping the audience completely involved. The scenes in the apartment, however, bog the film down.
Rated 25 Nov 2021
60
89th
All held up by that very real chemistry of Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn.
Rated 03 Jun 2014
61
42nd
Embarrassingly not-dated in a lot of ways. We're still having these discussions 65 years later? Hepburn and Tracy are great, but it goes off the rails a bit the more madcap it gets.
Rated 05 Sep 2018
1
0th
George Cukor directed this "uncinematic" but well-played and often witty MGM comedy about the battle of the sexes ... Cukor's work is too arch, too consciously, commercially clever, but it's also spirited, confident.
Rated 17 Sep 2009
2
10th
I hardly think that portraying a woman trying to kill her cheating husband in a justifiable light helped woman's lib movements, but I am a heterosexual male, so what do I know.
Rated 06 Jun 2009
59
13th
Poor writing. Waste of time.

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