It Happened One Night Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 22, 2015
It's probably more historically important than it is a masterpiece (the last 20 minutes take the missed conections and misunderstandings an inch too far), but it's still very easy to fall in love with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
The direction is excellent. Frank Capra never lets his picture lag for a moment. It is never very exciting, but it moves along snappily and it is full of amusing situations.
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TIME Magazine
February 4, 2009
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 19, 2008
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
This is Capra at his best, very funny and very light, with a minimum of populist posturing.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It Happened One Night is a good piece of fiction, which, with all its feverish stunts, is blessed with bright dialogue and a good quota of relatively restrained scenes.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 22, 1934
Its opposites-attract melding of screwball comedy and the road trip elements has become one of about a half-dozen standard love story formulas. Most years, there's at least one theatrical release that owes a debt to this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4