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It Happened One Night Reviews

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John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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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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.
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+
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
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.
Witney Seibold
February 23, 2016
It's sweet, cheerful, funny, and very, very good.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Still one of the best screwball comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
February 22, 1934
Its opposites-attract melding of screwball comedy and the road trip elements has become one of about a half-dozen standard love story formulas. Most years, there's at least one theatrical release that owes a debt to this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 25, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 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
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.
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
Still as good as everyone says it is.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 28, 2010
It Happened One Night is pure delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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