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Harvey (1951)


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 2


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 38,009



Movie Info

Adapted from Mary Chase's play, Harvey is a charming comedy about a good-natured drunk (James Stewart) who has an imaginary six-foot rabbit as his best friend. The film is gentle and funny, and full of fine performances, including Josephine Hull's Academy Award-winning turn.

Drama , Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Mary Chase , Oscar Brodney
In Theaters:
Feb 6, 2001
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Harvey

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (4) | DVD (11)

Unhappily, what the film also borrows from the play, and somehow makes more conspicuous, is a tendency to drag its feet for long stretches, especially during the virtually actionless last third of the story.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Harvey, Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize play, loses little of its whimsical comedy charm in the screen translation.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

If you're for warm and gentle whimsey, for a charmingly fanciful farce and for a little touch of pathos anent the fateful evanescence of man's dreams, then the movie version of Harvey is definitely for you.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Charming, lightweight stuff (from a play by Mary Chase), so long as you can take Stewart's ingenuousness, but it does wear thin.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd is a soft-spoken philosopher and a friend to all -- he's quite disarming, and so is this movie.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

A modest family film that lays on the sweetness a bit to heavily.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

This is a happy movie and leaves a long, lingering warm glow.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Great performances lifts this movie above its stilted script and production.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
Empire Magazine

Henry Koster might not have been the right director for this whimsical fantasy, based on the 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, but Jimmy Stewart and especially Josephine Hull (in an Oscar-winning turn) are superb.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009

Its one-note shtick wears thin.

Full Review… | May 29, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What makes Harvey great is the fact that it's equally enjoyable as a piece of comedic fluff and as slyly intelligent social commentary.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Apollo Guide

Stewart, adorável como sempre (talvez mais), encanta com sua 'insana' simpatia, enquanto Hull arranca boas risadas com o enérgico histerismo de sua personagem.

December 9, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Despite the breezy nature of the story and the somewhat casual treatment of insanity, the film actually has a lot to say about the nature of loneliness and the importance of tolerance.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Odd, but charming.

Full Review… | August 9, 2002

A little gooey, but it mostly works

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...a charming and affectionate piece of harmless fantasy.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Harvey


A sweet movie that is adorable like James Stewart's character, who charms us distributing business cards and being nice to everyone that he meets, while Josephine Hull deserved the Oscar she won for her hilarious, on-the-edge-of-hysteria performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Jimmy Stewart is brilliant as Elwood P. Dowd in this great moral tale that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


An infectiously nice/insane main character played brilliantly by James Stewart, a great skeptical reflection of the audience portrayed by Josephine Hull, and a great story make this movie one of a kind. It is funny, nice and has a wonderful moral.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


Amazing performance by Jimmy Stewart. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Harvey Quotes

Elwood P. Dowd:
Thank you Harvey, I prefer you too.
– Submitted by Julio C (2 years ago)
Elwood P. Dowd:
Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.
– Submitted by Laura M (2 years ago)
Elwood P. Dowd:
In this world Ellwood, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant, well for years I was smart... I recommend pleasant, and you may quote me.
– Submitted by Denise J (2 years ago)
Elwood P. Dowd:
There are two ways to live well, you can be smart or pleasant. I've been smart for years, and I recommend pleasant.
– Submitted by Andrew O (2 years ago)
Cab Driver:
After this, he'll be a perfectly normal human being, and you know what stinkers they are!
– Submitted by Sanjay R (2 years ago)
Elwood P. Dowd:
Well, I've wrestled with reality for thirty- five years, Doctor, and I?m happy to state I finally won out over it.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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