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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
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Katharine Hepburn
Actress, Christopher Strong (1933)
The role of the daughter in A Bill of Divorcement is evidently a fool-proof one. A few months past movie audiences were sure that a new star had come into their firmament when they saw Katharine Hepburn essay the part, but in Christopher Strong Miss Hepburn does little to show that she has earned the star rating that he producers have accorded her. The cinema critc of the London Observer, Miss C.A. Lejeune, winced at Miss Hepburn's voice in A Bill of Divorcement. As Al Jolson would say, “she ain't heard nothin' yet”.
Actress, Quality Street (1937)
Miss Hepburn's Phoebe needs a neurologist far more than a husband. Such fluttering and jitterings and twitchings, such hand-wringings and mouth-quiverings, such runnings-about and eyebrow-raisings have not been on the screen in many a moon.
(Frank S. Nugent, New York Times)
Actress, The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
Three particular horrors must be noted. First, the casting of Katharine Hepburn as Aurelia, the Madwoman. Miss Hepburn's quality was and will be that of an offbeat, madcap debutante, and she has now simply entered the emerita division of the same category. Her Aurelia is all huskily doddering sexiness and girlish flutters, senior division. When you think of the great Marguerite Moreno, who created the role, and then look at this performance, exact replicas of which have ready earned Miss Hepburn two ill-deserved Oscars, you may wish to forsake the auditorium for the vomitorium.
(John Simon, National Review)
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