My Man Godfrey Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
March 29, 2015
Gregory La Cava's warm and giddy carousel, a raucous burlesque with a beautiful still center, a lighter and tarter savior fable than Capra's concurrent transmutations of the Gospels
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 10, 2013
Hasn't lost an ounce of its thematic resonance even after all these decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 18, 2012
There's a charm to both Powell and Lombard, making the film transcend generations. It's a cute movie that has fun with levels of wealth in society and sibling rivalry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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TIME Magazine
April 24, 2009
My Man Godfrey emerges with that evasive quality that is not skillful playing, writing or direction, but something that mysteriously adds itself to these things, and makes a tip-top picture.

Film4
February 6, 2009
A brilliantly executed screwball, full of both madcap humour and bitter satire.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
Village Voice
February 6, 2009
[A] screwball masterpiece.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 6, 2009
God, but this film is beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2009
Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during the Depression.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 24, 2007
Director Gregory La Cava was a master of the sustained comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 10, 2006
Its whimsical winning nature still comes through.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film has lost some of its allure over the years, but it's still streets and streets ahead of the addled whimsy favoured by latter-day Hollywood.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 12, 2005
One of the most enchanting and poignant screwball comedies of all time, La Cava's zany film reflects the zeitgeist of the Depression and is supremely acted by William Powell, Carol Lombard and the rest of the ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
November 17, 2003
The ultimate Depression-era satire of the idle rich and tribute to the noble poor. This popular theme was never more devastatingly realized than in this opening sequence…
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
A silvery romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There may be a sober moment or two in the picture; there may be a few lines of the script that do not pack a laugh. Somehow we cannot remember them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Hugely popular in its day, this is witty romantic comedy with barbed social commentary.
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