It's a Wonderful Life Reviews

December 14, 2018
There's sex and death here, elation and depression, hope and despair.
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.
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.
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
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.
Top Critic
December 5, 2008
It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie.
October 18, 2008
A genuine American classic.
June 26, 2007
The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.
June 26, 2007
The April-air wholesomeness and humanism of this natural bring back vividly the reminder that, essentially, the screen best offers unselfconscious, forthright entertainment.
June 24, 2006
Funny, compelling and moving.
May 20, 2003
As the hero, Mr. Stewart does a warmly appealing job, indicating that he has grown in spiritual stature as well as in talent during the years he was in the war. And Donna Reed is remarkably poised and gracious as his adoring sweet-heart and wife.
April 17, 2001
It's a Wonderful Life achieves a fine balancing act between pathos and feel-good that is delivered by an outstanding cast.
January 1, 2000
What is remarkable about It's a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it's one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age.
January 1, 2000
Combine the characters, the story, the message, and the acting, and it's easy to see why It's a Wonderful Life isn't just a holiday favorite, but a great movie by almost any standards.