Yankee Doodle Dandy Reviews

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June 24, 2006
Raucous, vulgar, over long.
May 20, 2003
You will find as warm and delightful a musical picture as has hit the screen in years, a corking good entertainment and as affectionate, if not as accurate, a film biography as has ever -- yes, ever -- been made.
Top Critic
February 13, 2001
Yankee Doodle Dandy is rah-rah, no matter how you slice it.
January 1, 2000
The greatness of the film resides entirely in the Cagney performance.
May 13, 2019
It's really [James] Cagney's movie.
July 11, 2017
Patriotic '40s classic charms, but some dated behaviors.
July 10, 2016
Maybe the best-case scenario for what happens when a film biopic does everything right.
March 8, 2008
Flag waving, toe tapping, GREAT James Cagney performance as Broadway's George M. Cohan.
March 5, 2008
A rousing, old-fashioned biopic of patriotic showman George M. Cohan, played with energy and gusto by Jimmy Cagney in his only Oscar-winning performance.
April 5, 2006
It delivers its red-white-and-blue patriotism to you by the exuberant bushel, but this grand old film reminds us that there was a time when patriotism was more heartfelt than bullying and jingoistic.
April 5, 2006
As a DVD, Warner Brothers' two-disc Special Edition stands up and salutes with a gorgeous print and transfer that make the black-and-white cinematography, by the masterful James Wong Howe, a thing of beauty all by itself.
February 15, 2006
As the title suggests, it's a flag-waving musical, but one that comes by its unabashed patriotism and show-biz affection honestly.
February 8, 2006
October 15, 2005
September 16, 2005
July 4, 2005
James Cagney played George M. Cohan with great vigor and won his only Oscar for that brilliant performance.
June 1, 2005
May 28, 2005
awfully dull and stodgy
January 1, 2005
Love that Cagney!
December 22, 2004
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