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It's a Wonderful Life Reviews

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph

The inspirational, thoroughly festive ending is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

December 24, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

December 4, 2013

Sky Movies

It's both a summation of Capra's own career and a peak of achievement for a gentler kind of American cinema

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

December 3, 2013
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

I love it, corny as it may be, because it reminds every one of us that we all make contributions to the people around us, contributions we ourselves don't even realise.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)

December 3, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This masterpiece from Frank Capra still has a lot to say about community spirit and is a film with much more to it than feel-good sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 5, 2013

Total Film

This is the all-time great, curl-up-on-the-sofa-with-a-cup-of-tea movie. Not only is it beautifully photographed, but it also contains enough emotional strength to hold your attention for all of its two-hour running time.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

December 4, 2012
Rich Cohen
Salon.com
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It's a Wonderful Life is about hunger. It's about greed. It's about the many ways a good man is stymied. Finally, it's about George Bailey, whose decency prevents him even from killing himself.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 4, 2012
James Agee
The Nation

I wasn't able to get reasonably straight about it for quite a while. I still think it has a good deal of charm and quality, enough natural talent involved in it to make ten pictures ten times as good, and terrific vitality or, rather, vigor.

Full Review Source: The Nation

August 31, 2012
Manny Farber
The New Republic
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Capra is an old-time movie craftsman, the master of every trick in the bag, and in many ways he is more at home with the medium than any other Hollywood director. But all of his details give the impression of contrived effect.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 31, 2012
Randy White
Common Sense Media

This classic delivers warmth all year long.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

Is the movie corny? Often. Is it moving in the most basic, moral way? Every year we watch it.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

November 28, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

One could use It's a Wonderful Life to teach their children values: compassion, selflessness, loyalty, and self-respect.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 93/100

March 17, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Raise your hand if you think 'It's A Wonderful Life' is mushy, sentimental, over-praised hokum. Now, go to your room. Both of you.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

November 5, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

If you can separate - or rescue - It's a Wonderful Life from its niche as a Christmas classic, you might discover a film that swings wildly from noirlike starkness to saccharine bathos.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

December 12, 2008

TIME Magazine
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It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 5, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

A genuine American classic.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

October 18, 2008
Fran Hortop
Film4

You'd have to possess a very hard heart not to find something to love in this story.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

November 27, 2007
Will Harris
Bullz-Eye.com

It ain't just hype; it really is a true holiday classic.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 17, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Without overlooking its lapses into populist bathos, it's necessary to rescue It's a Wonderful Life from its spot at the centerpiece of untouchable American "classics."

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2007
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

George Bailey and Bedford Falls never looked so good!

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

November 6, 2007
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