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April 18, 2016
It Happened One Night is as lively, witty and romantic as ever. Buoyed up by dual performances from two of the era's greats, Capra's film maintains its status as a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Witney Seibold
February 23, 2016
It's sweet, cheerful, funny, and very, very good.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
November 30, 2015
One of the best comedies of its era, with a rich inventiveness of character and situation.
Nathanael Hood
The Young Folks
April 16, 2015
Frank Capra's It Happened One Night was a film that defied expectations to such an outrageous extent that the cinema has never fully recovered from its impact or influence.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 22, 2015
It's probably more historically important than it is a masterpiece (the last 20 minutes take the missed conections and misunderstandings an inch too far), but it's still very easy to fall in love with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
The direction is excellent. Frank Capra never lets his picture lag for a moment. It is never very exciting, but it moves along snappily and it is full of amusing situations.
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
December 10, 2014
Perhaps not the greatest of the screwball comedies, but Frank Capra's It Happened One Night is one of the racier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
December 9, 2014
Viewed even today with all of its plot elements recycled ad nauseam by Hollywood (for rom-coms, road trip comedies, odd couple/buddy films, etc.), the film still holds up because we believe Gable and Colbert and can identify with them both right away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
December 1, 2014
It's nearly impossible to find anyone who doesn't love it. Or doesn't feel, in some way, that it speaks to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
November 22, 2014
It Happened One Night was in many ways a predecessor to the modern romantic comedy, and its dynamics will still feel familiar to the current-day viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michal Oleszczyk
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
It Happened One Night is one of the easiest movies to love and one of the hardest to think of as a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 3, 2014
It's funny, beautifully directed and acted and it's always been one of my favourites.
Peter Bradshaw
February 3, 2014
As buoyant and elegant as bubbles in a glass of champagne, Frank Capra's sublime 1934 comedy... survives triumphantly because of its wit, charm, romantic idealism and its shrewd sketch of married life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
William Troy
The Nation
January 15, 2013
Among the more gratifying phenomena of the current season has been the growing recognition of It Happened One Night, the Frank Capra production of last year, as one of the few potential classics of the recent cinema.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Still one of the best screwball comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 1, 2010
A screwball comedy with charm and sass it established a template that countless films have followed down the decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 28, 2010
It Happened One Night is pure delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
October 28, 2010
As classy and charming a romantic comedy as you're ever likely to see...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 27, 2010
Both stars loathed the experience yet turned in two of their most enduring performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
February 4, 2009
Instead of attempting a journalistic study of bus-travel, regularly punctuated by comic touches, Director Frank Capra and Robert Riskin who adapted Samuel Hopkins Adams' story, fused the two.
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