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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 8, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 20, 2002
Frank Capra was to movies what Norman Rockwell was to illustration; he gave us a vision of our national identity that never ignored the challenges we face, although it was idealistic about our ability to meet them.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Wonderful classic movie for the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Capra's classic of democracy, decency and faith still matters, 60 years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Joshua Tyler
December 21, 2002
Stewart was the real deal, he was no sunshine patriot.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season.
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
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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.
Rob Blackwelder
August 14, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 28, 2004
Pure cornball idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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