Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Quick Movie Reviews

Quick Movie Reviews

Rating of
4/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/09/2019

Even if it is incredibly idealistic and naive, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is a truthful and unafraid standard setter of the corrupt politics picture and stars Jimmy Stewart in one of his greatest roles.

Rating of
2.5/4

Indyfreak - wrote on 02/17/2018

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.

Rating of
3.5/4

FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 12/06/2012

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

Rating of
3/4

Snoogans - wrote on 10/08/2012

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.

Rating of
4/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/17/2011

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

Rating of
4/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/18/2011

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.

Rating of
3/4

The Movie Man - wrote on 05/13/2009

Well Acted and Scripted but Overlong.

Rating of
2/4

sapien - wrote on 01/22/2009

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

Rating of
4/4

PsychoKing1227 - wrote on 10/02/2008

"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.

Rating of
3.5/4

fake_username - wrote on 02/25/2008

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

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