The Palm Beach Story Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2015
This might not be the funniest film of Sturges' brilliant '40s heyday ("The Miracle of Morgan's Creek"), or the most subversively romantic ("The Lady Eve"), or the best made ("Sullivan's Travels"), but it's definitely a censor-baiting treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
Leave it to Preston Sturges to create the sexiest and most grown-up romantic comedy of his day.
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
February 28, 2015
It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 7, 2015
one of the outright funniest movies of its era, a veritable parade of wicked-rapid dialogue, absurdist narrative loops, and socially subversive attitude
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
February 4, 2015
Even as Colbert and McCrea trade fast-paced dialogue and fall into each others' arms, they sell their characters' marriage as one whose fire desperately needs tending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film4
November 13, 2007
Sturges at his confident best.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 13, 2007
It remains a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 13, 2007
This Prestton Sturges production is packed with delightful absurdities.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
Rudy Vallee turns in his best performance as a gentle, puny millionaire named Hackensacker in this brilliant, simultaneously tender and scalding 1942 screwball comedy by Preston Sturges.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 9, 2007
...screwball comedy of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
September 30, 2006
Prime Preston Sturges, which means sublime sophisticated zaniness.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Hilarious, irresistible, impeccably cast.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 1, 2005
One of Preston Sturges' best films.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 20, 2005
Way before there was "Mamet talk" there was "Sturges talk,"--and his humor is sharper pronged and more scathing."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2003
Almost certainly not Preston Sturges' best film, but it very well might be his funniest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Sturges on the importance of money, sex, and guns -- not necessarily in that order.
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Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Sturges' dialogue, as always, is not only sharp, but cutting, delivered with typical flair by the charter members of Sturges' company of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
The lines come fast and furious.
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
The Palm Beach Story (1942) is a hilarious, zany, marital screwball comedy by writer/director Preston Sturges - it was his last romantic comedy and
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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