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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Reviews

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Eric Melin
December 9, 2014
It isn't a political film at all. In fact, it draws its power from its simple underdog story and its modern resonance from the fact that little has changed since then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
December 3, 2014
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington remains one of the quintessential films about American politics to this very day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Franz Hoellering
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is so far the best Hollywood picture of the year. It is pleasant to be able to say this without if's and but's.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2012
This is classic Capracorn.
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Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
February 15, 2011
Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is going to be the big movie explosion of the year, and reviewers are going to think twice and think sourly before they'll want to put it down for the clumsy and irritating thing it is.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Wonderful classic movie for the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
April 18, 2010
Well, this one certainly feels fresh and relevant today, doesn't it?
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 16, 2009
It competes only with It Happened One Night for the title of Capra's most entertaining film ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season.
Emanuel Levy
January 20, 2009
Capra's Depression era film is a classic, timeless statement about American ideals, featuring a bravura turn from Jimmy Stewart as a young idealistic Senator, fighting corruption in Washington D.C.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2007
Pick it apart, dissect it and even roll your eyes at the ridiculous ending. Still, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" will get to you, even if you're in your most cynical mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Every citizen should be made to watch in exchange for the right to vote.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 12, 2004
Resisting Capra's manipulation -- manipulation in service of what? -- may well place one in violation of the Patriot Act today. But surely I'm not the only one who resents it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 28, 2004
Pure cornball idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Simplistic and preachy, but effective due to the performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Jean Arthur está genial como a secretária Saunders, que explica como funciona o Senado americano - que, infelizmente, nos faz lembrar do cenário político brasileiro.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Smith is one of the best shows of the year. More fun, even, than the Senate itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joshua Tyler
December 21, 2002
Stewart was the real deal, he was no sunshine patriot.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Every citizen should be made to watch in exchange for the right to vote.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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