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Sullivan's Travels Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 28, 2015
Hard-nosed, farcical, tender, critical, satirical, elitist and populist all at once.
Eric Melin
June 12, 2015
... the movie road-trips from its scripter's typical cynicality to finding an assured kind of resonance in the third act in the most unlikely of places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 18, 2012
a highly satirical piece, poking fun at Hollywood itself and showing how out of touch it can be
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 19, 2009
It is, quite simply, a dazzling piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2009
Not remotely a defense of junk, but it does respect comedy as a force for escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
June 27, 2007
Sturges' dialog is trenchant, has drive, possesses crispness and gets the laughs where that is desired.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
A dubious proposition, but in Sturges's hands a charming one, filled out by his unparalleled sense of eccentric character.
Chris Barsanti
January 8, 2007
...just not as funny as its choir of supporters have made it out to be.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Sullivan's Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations, and superlative performances throughout.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2005
A delicious tragi-comedy set during the Great Depression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 7, 2005
Forgotten for years along with its maker, writer/director Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels has only recently enjoyed a comeback and induction into classic status.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
Its message drags it from the front guard of Sturges's work, but it shines nonetheless.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 12, 2003
The genius of this classic opening scene is that Sullivan's Travels is both screwball comedy and socially conscious melodrama — as well as a satire of socially conscious melodrama, and a serious apologetic for crowd-pleasing comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
...a plot with more curves than Veronica Lake.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2002
Generally considered Preston Sturges' best film -- almost certainly his most personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 9, 2002
A full-blooded thesis deriding the boring message film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
It's no wonder that the film remains hugely influential to this day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
I was impressed by the almost self-referential nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 6, 2001 ends up coming down solidly on the side of laughs (thanks to writer/director Preston Sturges), beauty (thanks to Veronica Lake) and self-effacing modesty (thanks to Joel McCrea).
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 17, 2001
...a search for the director's meaning in his work and a reassuring statement about Sturges's own understanding of his art.
| Original Score: 8/10
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