My Man Godfrey Reviews

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July 30, 2020
It remains one of the very best screwball comedies of the era, as well as one of the greatest movies ever made.
July 8, 2020
An excellent farce, given an extremely lavish production; it should keep audiences laughing from the beginning to the very end.
June 19, 2020
Arguably the best of these reliably eat-the-rich films...the film's satirical edge emerges from its pillorying of the propertied classes and the empty promise of economic recovery.
May 5, 2020
A frothy, frivolous farce...
August 8, 2019
It then turned out that My Man Godfrey was really about the class-struggle, not the best subject in the world for comedy. Best not to stay for the ending. It leaves you with the feeling that the whole thing was a waste of time.
October 29, 2018
While My Man Godfrey is full of witty dialogue and classical direction, it's the film's social awareness that really stands out today.
September 25, 2018
This scintillating comedy was the first film to be Oscar-nominated in all four acting categories.
March 29, 2015
Gregory La Cava's warm and giddy carousel, a raucous burlesque with a beautiful still center, a lighter and tarter savior fable than Capra's concurrent transmutations of the Gospels
June 10, 2013
Hasn't lost an ounce of its thematic resonance even after all these decades.
April 18, 2012
There's a charm to both Powell and Lombard, making the film transcend generations. It's a cute movie that has fun with levels of wealth in society and sibling rivalry.
Top Critic
April 24, 2009
My Man Godfrey emerges with that evasive quality that is not skillful playing, writing or direction, but something that mysteriously adds itself to these things, and makes a tip-top picture.
February 6, 2009
A brilliantly executed screwball, full of both madcap humour and bitter satire.
February 6, 2009
[A] screwball masterpiece.
February 6, 2009
God, but this film is beautiful.
February 6, 2009
Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during the Depression.
October 18, 2008
William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy.
September 24, 2007
Director Gregory La Cava was a master of the sustained comedy.
March 10, 2006
Its whimsical winning nature still comes through.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The film has lost some of its allure over the years, but it's still streets and streets ahead of the addled whimsy favoured by latter-day Hollywood.
June 12, 2005
One of the most enchanting and poignant screwball comedies of all time, La Cava's zany film reflects the zeitgeist of the Depression and is supremely acted by William Powell, Carol Lombard and the rest of the ensemble.
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