It Happened One Night 1934

Critics score:
98 / 100

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Mordaunt Hall, New York Times: It Happened One Night is a good piece of fiction, which, with all its feverish stunts, is blessed with bright dialogue and a good quota of relatively restrained scenes. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: This is Capra at his best, very funny and very light, with a minimum of populist posturing. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: The direction is excellent. Frank Capra never lets his picture lag for a moment. It is never very exciting, but it moves along snappily and it is full of amusing situations. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Its opposites-attract melding of screwball comedy and the road trip elements has become one of about a half-dozen standard love story formulas. Most years, there's at least one theatrical release that owes a debt to this film. Read more

TIME Magazine: Instead of attempting a journalistic study of bus-travel, regularly punctuated by comic touches, Director Frank Capra and Robert Riskin who adapted Samuel Hopkins Adams' story, fused the two. Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: It's probably more historically important than it is a masterpiece (the last 20 minutes take the missed conections and misunderstandings an inch too far), but it's still very easy to fall in love with. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: One of those stories that without a particularly strong plot manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and direction. Read more