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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Reviews

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
October 10, 2016
Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town features a pair of great performances from Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, and a story that is partially compelling, but it's ultimately let down by an overlong runtime that the film isn't able to sustain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
May 17, 2002
The tedium of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town outweighs its message of freedom and charity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Van Doren
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Mr. Deeds is really a very intelligent and beautiful affair, a film no less charming than Mr. Capra's It Happened One Night at the same time that it is definitely more profound.
Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Snappy lines, stellar performances, Capra classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Szymanski
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 3, 2004
A wonderful Capra vehicle; Cooper is superb; Arthur luminous. A comic movie with heart and a point to make. True Capra-corn, and that is not a criticism. A fine example of populist art.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
July 27, 2014
Playing the part as if born to it, Cooper is at the top of his game, imbuing Deeds with just the right blend of empathy and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 16, 2003
Essential Capra and one of his best. Cooper and Arthur are luminous.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) is another lighthearted classic Frank Capra screwball romantic-comedy regarding the broader philosophical themes of individual innocence
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It's tough enough to film a credible morality play without being laughed out of town. It's altogether mind boggling to do so and provide a grade A romantic comedy to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
January 28, 2007
Capra advocates populism and egalitarianism, underlined by values of Christianity. For him, every person is "God's creation" in his/her own right, evert person possesses some talent and should do his/her best with that gift.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Here is a shamelessly simple story with a populist point of view, but it is handled with such charm and charisma and acted so well by Cooper and Arthur that it became another Frank Capra classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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