It's a Wonderful Life Reviews

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Jack D. Grant
Hollywood Reporter
December 7, 2014
It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it's wonderful entertainment.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2013
The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rich Cohen
Salon.com
December 4, 2012
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.
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Manny Farber
The New Republic
August 31, 2012
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.
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TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.
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Bert Briller
Variety
June 26, 2007
The April-air wholesomeness and humanism of this natural bring back vividly the reminder that, essentially, the screen best offers unselfconscious, forthright entertainment.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Funny, compelling and moving.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As the hero, Mr. Stewart does a warmly appealing job, indicating that he has grown in spiritual stature as well as in talent during the years he was in the war. And Donna Reed is remarkably poised and gracious as his adoring sweet-heart and wife.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Combine the characters, the story, the message, and the acting, and it's easy to see why It's a Wonderful Life isn't just a holiday favorite, but a great movie by almost any standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What is remarkable about It's a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it's one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4