The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Reviews

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James Agee
The Nation
August 30, 2012

I suspect that Sturges feels that conscience and comedy are incompatible. It would be hard for a man of talent to make a more self-destructive mistake.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010

Hilarious WWII comedy flirts with taboos.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Nelson
minnpost.com
September 1, 2009

Six decades before Diablo Cody and Juno, Preston Sturges carried unplanned comedy to term.

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
November 13, 2007

Done in the satirical Sturges vein, and directed with that same touch, the story makes much of characterization and somewhat wacky comedy, plus some slapstick, with excellent photography figuring throughout.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
November 13, 2007

Caustic and chaotic in the arch Sturges manner, it's probably his funniest and most smilingly malicious film.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 19, 2006

One of Sturges' master works, this comedy turns upside down Hollywood's conventions of small-town life with original vision and crackling dialogue.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Great verbal gags and non-sequiturs, fast-paced action, and a thorough irreverence for all things deemed respectable -- politicians, policemen and magistrates included -- make it a lasting delight.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 17, 2005

One of Preston Sturges' zanier films, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek begs the question: how did he get away with this?

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2005

...an extremely dated and thoroughly mediocre piece of work.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 5, 2005

Stands out for its sheer audacity of subject matter and its sustained emotional-roller-coaster effect: it's quite possibly the most high-strung movie ever made.

| Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 15, 2005

The real miracle might be in how the amoral sexual content got by the Hays Office.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004

Way ahead of its time Sturges comedy, great dialogue, plot

| Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003

Sturges lets it all hang out, never passes over a joke and somehow manages to sustain the pace and quality.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

Mr. Sturges as author and director, is thoroughly up to his stinging style in this film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003

This is the master of subversion's most subversive work.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002

Depends a little too much on the viewer's tolerance for Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton trying to out-mug and out-frenzy each other to be everyone's cup of tea.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000

Miraculously mad masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Tobias
Glyphs Film Guide
January 1, 2000

If you enjoy films for their dialog, you are either a Preston Sturges fan or soon will be.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 17, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 4, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
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