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It Happened One Night Reviews

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
An old school classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 19, 2008
With Gable and Colbert on top form this is a charming and memorable comedy.
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Variety Staff
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 30, 2006
The story of a runaway heiress falling in with a devilish, wise-cracking reporter on a cross-country roadtrip now seems like a cliché only because so many other films have copied its structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
December 25, 2006
This charming romantic comedy, while grounded in the context of the Depression, offered light fare that's uncharacteristic of Capra. It might have been the first true sleeper since no one involved anticipated such critical and commercial success.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 10, 2006
Only minorly dated, this film would play well for modern audiences despite being more than 70 years old.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Who can resist a movie where the girl's father provides his daughter with a getaway car from her own wedding?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
It Happened One Night is a true classic in every sense of the word, one that withstands the test of time and indeed defies it completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 26, 2004
The romantic comedy that all others draw from, few imitate effectively, and none have been able to replicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2004
A very funny and breezy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 24, 2003
Not only will the Walls of Jericho fall, but so will the walls of your heart.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 30, 2003
One of the most enduring romantic comedies of Hollywood's golden age… The opposites-attract comedy still works, though Gable’s dismissive treatment of pampered Colbert, which played well with Depression-era audiences, seems dated today.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
This classic comedy is the first movie ever to sweep the five major Oscar categories.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
Still as good as everyone says it is.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002
It dates badly, but there's enough here to make it worthwhile
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 12, 2002
... stands as a significant landmark in cinema history, giving birth for more romantic comedies to come
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002 of the smartest romantic comedies of the season. The Capra technique is evident in this story of a rich man's daughter who rebels at her father's objection to her marriage to an aviator.
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