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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Movie Reviews

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Indyfreak 02/16/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Frank Capra's cherished classic lays it on pretty thick with the sentimentalism and schmaltz. But that's expected I guess. Still, the acting is great. Given the three leads, that should also not be surprising. James Stewart was perhaps the only person in 1939 that could make a character this simultaneously noble and naive. Claude Rains' character is an interesting villain but the conclusion to his arc is pretty silly. Jean Arthur does well as the spunky love interest. It's that rare political drama that's critical of the status quo in American politics, but is intelligent enough to propose sensible means of changing things.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

A great story about fighting for what you believe in. Also shows the ability of how one man can make a change.

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Snoogans 10/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Some well-aimed commentary about congress and a fine performance from Stewart. There wasn't much else here that appealed to me and it was overlong. Still, a well directed film.

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Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This one still holds up and still has teeth. Congress tried to ban it in its time.

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mitchellyoung 08/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

A classic example of the everyman hero, skillfully directed by Frank Carpa and with an iconic and humble performance by Jimmy Stewart. One of film's greatest.

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The Movie Man 05/13/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Well Acted and Scripted but Overlong.

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sapien 01/21/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

It's political and mildly entertaining. So, it's ok. But, just ok, nothing more.

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PsychoKing1227 10/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," though not my favorite Capra film, is definitely one of the most controversial and most important. Hauntingly real in today's world, corruption and greed from a newspaper magnate to control an entire state and then bringing it to Congress is a timeless battle. I loved Jimmy Stewart in one of his breakthrough roles, and Jean Arthur was great at bringing a strong female character to life in a time where women weren't necessarily looked at as being that incredibly strong. A wonderful, timeless classic, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is as important today as it was back then.

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fake_username 02/25/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Great movie with good messages and even better acting. Some choppy editing took me out of the movie a bit.

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Allison 12/23/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

While Jimmy Stewart is great in this, it seemed a bit silly at times. I'm not a fan of Jean Arthur, but Capra delivers a good film.

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