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It Happened One Night Reviews

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Michal Oleszczyk
Movie Mezzanine

It Happened One Night is one of the easiest movies to love and one of the hardest to think of as a work of art.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's funny, beautifully directed and acted and it's always been one of my favourites.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)

February 3, 2014
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

As buoyant and elegant as bubbles in a glass of champagne, Frank Capra's sublime 1934 comedy... survives triumphantly because of its wit, charm, romantic idealism and its shrewd sketch of married life.

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

February 3, 2014
Eric Melin

Gable and Colbert have charm to spare, and even though the tropes are well-worn and have been mishandled poorly by every by-the-book chick flick of the last 15 years, it still isn't enough to keep this from working like gangbusters.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 12, 2013
William Troy
The Nation

Among the more gratifying phenomena of the current season has been the growing recognition of It Happened One Night, the Frank Capra production of last year, as one of the few potential classics of the recent cinema.

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 15, 2013
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Still one of the best screwball comedies.

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

January 2, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A screwball comedy with charm and sass it established a template that countless films have followed down the decades.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 5/5

November 1, 2010
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

It Happened One Night is pure delight.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 2010
Tony Sloman
Radio Times

As classy and charming a romantic comedy as you're ever likely to see...

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

October 28, 2010
Neil Smith
Total Film

Both stars loathed the experience yet turned in two of their most enduring performances.

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

October 27, 2010

TIME Magazine
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Instead of attempting a journalistic study of bus-travel, regularly punctuated by comic touches, Director Frank Capra and Robert Riskin who adapted Samuel Hopkins Adams' story, fused the two.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 4, 2009
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

An old school classic.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 20, 2008


With Gable and Colbert on top form this is a charming and memorable comedy.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 19, 2008
Variety Staff
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One of those stories that without a particularly strong plot manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and direction.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The story of a runaway heiress falling in with a devilish, wise-cracking reporter on a cross-country roadtrip now seems like a cliché only because so many other films have copied its structure.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 30, 2006
Emanuel Levy

This charming romantic comedy, while grounded in the context of the Depression, offered light fare that's uncharacteristic of Capra. It might have been the first true sleeper since no one involved anticipated such critical and commercial success.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

December 25, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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This is Capra at his best, very funny and very light, with a minimum of populist posturing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 12, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Only minorly dated, this film would play well for modern audiences despite being more than 70 years old.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

October 10, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Capra's sense of humour is a little like that of Preston Sturges, though less caustic; and the film shows its stars at their best, Colbert as one of Hollywood's fresher comediennes, Gable as dumb-but-loveable hunk.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

Who can resist a movie where the girl's father provides his daughter with a getaway car from her own wedding?

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
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