• Unrated, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama, Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Frank Capra
    In Theaters:
    Oct 19, 1939 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 22, 2000
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Reviews

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is so far the best Hollywood picture of the year. It is pleasant to be able to say this without if's and but's.

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 18, 2013
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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This is classic Capracorn.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 29, 2012
Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
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Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is going to be the big movie explosion of the year, and reviewers are going to think twice and think sourly before they'll want to put it down for the clumsy and irritating thing it is.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

February 15, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Wonderful classic movie for the family.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Well, this one certainly feels fresh and relevant today, doesn't it?

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 70/100

April 18, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It competes only with It Happened One Night for the title of Capra's most entertaining film ever.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

November 16, 2009
Variety Staff
Variety
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One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Capra's Depression era film is a classic, timeless statement about American ideals, featuring a bravura turn from Jimmy Stewart as a young idealistic Senator, fighting corruption in Washington D.C.

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

January 20, 2009
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Pick it apart, dissect it and even roll your eyes at the ridiculous ending. Still, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" will get to you, even if you're in your most cynical mood.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

February 25, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006

Film Threat

Every citizen should be made to watch in exchange for the right to vote.

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

December 6, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Resisting Capra's manipulation -- manipulation in service of what? -- may well place one in violation of the Patriot Act today. But surely I'm not the only one who resents it.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pure cornball idealism.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

May 28, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Simplistic and preachy, but effective due to the performances.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 23, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Jean Arthur está genial como a secretária Saunders, que explica como funciona o Senado americano - que, infelizmente, nos faz lembrar do cenário político brasileiro.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2003
Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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Mr. Smith is one of the best shows of the year. More fun, even, than the Senate itself.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

Stewart was the real deal, he was no sunshine patriot.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com

December 21, 2002
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

Every citizen should be made to watch in exchange for the right to vote.

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

December 8, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Capra's classic of democracy, decency and faith still matters, 60 years later.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

definitely a highlight of both Stewart and Capra's careers

| Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2002
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