Katharine Hepburn, Long Day's Journey into Night
Monday, July 18, 2016
"Katharine Hepburn has surpassed herself--the most beautiful comedienne of the thirties and forties has become our greatest tragedienne; seeing her transitions in Journey, the way she can look eighteen or eighty at will, experiencing the magic in the art of acting, one can understand why the appellation "the divine" has sometimes been awarded to certain actresses...."
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (1968), p. 372
(originally posted October 2005)
"Katharine Hepburn, as his wife, brings understanding and artistic plan to the part. She is simply miscast. Besides looking too young to be the mother of Jason Robards, Jr., her personality and temperament do no encompass this Irish-American woman whose religious-chromo dreams have wrecked her life. (For it is not cheap doctoring or an uncongenial theatrical life that have made Mary Tyrone a drug addict; it is her guilt at having betrayed a nun's vocation.) The whole tenor of Miss Hepburn's being--her Yankee accent itself-- is unsympathetic to this lace-curtain part. An actress of lesser talent and perception, better suited to the role, might have had greater effect."
The New Republic, September 23, 1962