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It's a Wonderful Life Reviews

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December 15, 2017
Paralyzing joys are the very heart of George Bailey's dilemma; they are, to borrow words from George's father, "deep in the race."
July 9, 2017
Forget the Christmas connection: This all-timer can be watched any time of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2016
While it isn't the best picture to come out of Hollywood this year, nor is it Capra's masterpiece, it tells a good story and its conclusion has a heart-warming effect on the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2014
It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it's wonderful entertainment.
December 24, 2013
The inspirational, thoroughly festive ending is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes.
December 4, 2013
The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 3, 2013
It's both a summation of Capra's own career and a peak of achievement for a gentler kind of American cinema
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 3, 2013
I love it, corny as it may be, because it reminds every one of us that we all make contributions to the people around us, contributions we ourselves don't even realise.
November 5, 2013
This masterpiece from Frank Capra still has a lot to say about community spirit and is a film with much more to it than feel-good sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2012
This is the all-time great, curl-up-on-the-sofa-with-a-cup-of-tea movie. Not only is it beautifully photographed, but it also contains enough emotional strength to hold your attention for all of its two-hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2012
It's a Wonderful Life is about hunger. It's about greed. It's about the many ways a good man is stymied. Finally, it's about George Bailey, whose decency prevents him even from killing himself.
August 31, 2012
I wasn't able to get reasonably straight about it for quite a while. I still think it has a good deal of charm and quality, enough natural talent involved in it to make ten pictures ten times as good, and terrific vitality or, rather, vigor.
August 31, 2012
Capra is an old-time movie craftsman, the master of every trick in the bag, and in many ways he is more at home with the medium than any other Hollywood director. But all of his details give the impression of contrived effect.
January 2, 2011
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 28, 2010
Is the movie corny? Often. Is it moving in the most basic, moral way? Every year we watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 17, 2010
One could use It's a Wonderful Life to teach their children values: compassion, selflessness, loyalty, and self-respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
November 5, 2009
Raise your hand if you think 'It's A Wonderful Life' is mushy, sentimental, over-praised hokum. Now, go to your room. Both of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
December 12, 2008
If you can separate - or rescue - It's a Wonderful Life from its niche as a Christmas classic, you might discover a film that swings wildly from noirlike starkness to saccharine bathos.
Read More | Original Score: 87/100
Top Critic
December 5, 2008
It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie.
October 18, 2008
A genuine American classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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