Harvey (1950)

This whimsical fantasy about a local drunk's 6' 3 1/2" imaginary rabbit pal was a smash hit (and a Pulitzer Prize winner) on Broadway and was then adapted into this likeable farce that's also an allegory about tolerance.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 13, 1950
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Unhappily, what the film also borrows from the play, and somehow makes more conspicuous, is a tendency to drag its feet for long stretches, especially during the virtually actionless last third of the story.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Charming, lightweight stuff (from a play by Mary Chase), so long as you can take Stewart's ingenuousness, but it does wear thin.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A modest family film that lays on the sweetness a bit to heavily.

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Variety Staff

Harvey, Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize play, loses little of its whimsical comedy charm in the screen translation.

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Dan Jardine

Elwood may be a drunk (or not -- does he ever actually take a drink?), and he may be delusional, but he is also happier, less neurotic, and more content than the so-called normal people who surround him and claim to be looking out for his best interests.

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TV Guide

This is a happy movie and leaves a long, lingering warm glow.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

If you're for warm and gentle whimsey, for a charmingly fanciful farce and for a little touch of pathos anent the fateful evanescence of man's dreams, then the movie version of Harvey is definitely for you.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd is a soft-spoken philosopher and a friend to all -- he's quite disarming, and so is this movie.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Great performances lifts this movie above its stilted script and production.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This sweet movie is adorable like James Stewart's character, who charms us distributing business cards and being nice to everyone that he meets, while… More
Thomas Bowler
Amazing performance by Jimmy Stewart. Full review later.
Graham Jones
Jimmy Stewart is brilliant as Elwood P. Dowd in this great moral tale that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy.
Kevin M. Williams
Now there's a perfectly rational explanation for everything, you've got to agree . Science has overcome time and space ... well Harvey has overcome… More
Sanjay Rema
An infectiously nice/insane main character played brilliantly by James Stewart, a great skeptical reflection of the audience portrayed by Josephine Hull, and a… More
Jennifer Xu
James Stewart just kills me dead. I could watch him read the phonebook for hours. However, I hated every other actor in this movie.

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