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  1. Ark V's rating of the film Holiday

    A sweet film out of place in the world. As relevant today and nearly 80 years old.

  2. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Holiday

    So many brilliant aspects: the bravura script, a three-dimensional Cary Grant, the pathos of Lew Ayres and Hepburn managing to be simultaneously refined and sophisticated and yet emotionally naked. One can feel a tragic subtext pulsing beneath its crackling wit and energy while the central preoccupations with meaning, conformity and love resonate deeply. Funny, delightful yet also melancholic - very special indeed.

  3. dmol's rating of the film Holiday

    Cary Grant, excellent as he is, is not usually to my taste in his comedies, but this was an unexpected gem. Pretty subversive for glamorous Hollywood, insightful and very smart, it balances these qualities with humour and Hepburn doing silly acrobatics. Give up the big, money-making office job to sail the seas with a couple of university professors and the "black ship" of the rich family, what a kickass idea!

  4. moniquekidman's rating of the film Holiday

    A melancholic comedy. Unspoken desires and class tensions flow underneath the surface of this story of people who are just trying to find where they belong in the world. The entire cast has such magnetic chemistry, but of course Hepburn and Grant shine brightest as the pair who don't know, and then don't want to admit, that they belong together.

  5. Sarah's rating of the film Holiday

    Hepburn! Grant! But don't be fooled that this is just a screwball comedy- while some bits are motormouth charming and funny like His Girl Friday and The Awful Truth, there's also a very dark undercurrent about the relationships between love, class and expectations. Highly recommended.

  6. Martin Jensen's rating of the film Holiday

  7. Nicolas Pierce's rating of the film Holiday

    Great stuff. Hepburn and Grant are reliably superb and the whole thing is effervescent, but there's also a surprising undertow of sadness and darkness and it feels deeply relevant still to the world we inhabit today. Has profound things to say about society's mixed-up priorities, but it says them in the least portentous way imaginable.

  8. P Teddy Sawyer's rating of the film Holiday

    For those of us who have strained so many times to see the (C.G.) interior man beyond the immaculate demi-god carapace, it is here revealed with a different beauty and humanity .. qualities which seek counterpart and reveal contrast in this 'photoplay' . Although this was made in 1938 it's art direction 'inter-joggles' with the styles and qualities of 1928 ; a last deep breathe before Hollywood norms seize tight.

  9. Aardsy's rating of the film Holiday

  10. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Holiday

    While it's far from the best work done by either Cary Grant or Katharine Hepburn, this romantic comedy coasts along nicely enough on their star power. A pleasant diversion, if nothing more.

  11. Balthaz21's rating of the film Holiday

  12. McOpinionated's rating of the film Holiday

    Nice gymnastics, and nice supporting cast, but it’s impossible to like these characters. Lack of tension because you don’t really want the sister to steal the man.

  13. Superfrog's rating of the film Holiday

    light theatre, does its bit for entertainment but keeps relatively shallow in commentary.

  14. Michelle jensen's rating of the film Holiday

  15. SiIencio's rating of the film Holiday

    Foolish politics in a world of childish characters. The Golden Age of Hollywood was as full of conservatism as it was of blandness. When the sweetness of it all does not make for the sillyness of its comedy, let alone its infantile social commentary, the result is a feeling of awkwardness. Take away the special chemistry between Hepburn and Grant and what is left simply is a forgettable silly joke.

  16. Tja's rating of the film Holiday

    Some nice social commentary reminding the victims of the US' largest depression that money isn't everything. Hm ...Fortunately, the sugar-coating by Grant, Hepburn, Nolan under Director Cukor puts Mary Poppins in the shade - we swallow the package whole. Another highball, anyone?

  17. palombellarossa's rating of the film Holiday

  18. bryanvmh's rating of the film Holiday

    "It's downright unamerican"

  19. FISCHER's rating of the film Holiday

    Une suave et bienvenue petite comédie américaine !

  20. nessmj's rating of the film Holiday

    Absolutely lovely. An inspection of the issues regarding extreme wealth and its effects on those it entangles, Grant searches for a life beyond material wealth, while those around him seek to bend him, namely his fiancee and future father-in-law. The script constantly illuminating the role of the house as a visual representation of wealth in its vastness, one room stands out as a symbol of a certain freedom.

  21. Beatrice Lorenzini's rating of the film Holiday

  22. Lauren Burrell's rating of the film Holiday

  23. SpacePirate's rating of the film Holiday

    This film is not as talked about as some others of the era, but its a real gem. Worth checking out if you enjoyed Hepburn and Grant's chemistry in Philadelphia Story

  24. sapta's rating of the film Holiday

    A very good movie with wonderful dialogues and very good characters. However I am not sure it is very enjoyable. It sort of lands in a no man's land between a serious drama and a romantic comedy.

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