It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 25, 1946
DVD Release Date: September 19, 1995
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It's a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

While it isn't the best picture to come out of Hollywood this year, nor is it Capra's masterpiece, it tells a good story and its conclusion has a heart-warming effect on the audience.

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Rich Cohen

It's a Wonderful Life is about hunger. It's about greed. It's about the many ways a good man is stymied. Finally, it's about George Bailey, whose decency prevents him even from killing himself.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Forget the Christmas connection: This all-timer can be watched any time of the year.

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Jack D. Grant
Hollywood Reporter

It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it's wonderful entertainment.

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Manny Farber
The New Republic

Capra is an old-time movie craftsman, the master of every trick in the bag, and in many ways he is more at home with the medium than any other Hollywood director. But all of his details give the impression of contrived effect.

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The inspirational, thoroughly festive ending is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.

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TIME Magazine

It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie.

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Sky Cinema

It's both a summation of Capra's own career and a peak of achievement for a gentler kind of American cinema

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Juggling with your emotions union first viewing, you really do not know what kind of film you are in for her. "It's a Wonderful Life" follows… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Capra finds the most perfect balance between bittersweet and optimistic in this timeless holiday tale, to remind us that life is always worth it, even in the… More
Film Crazy
Maybe considered a timeless classic, however I wish time had moved a little faster during the movie. For me a forgettable movie that drags in places. Huge fan… More
Adriel Lim
Great. Definitely a film to watch each and every Christmas holiday. Rather wholesome and simple message gets across to anybody and everybody.
Mike S
Joyous, timeless classic! I can't say I've seen many movies from the 1940's, let alone any Christmas ones, but this was a very pleasant viewing… More
Bentley Lyles
George Bailey is a man with many hopes and dreams. However, his sacrifices, economic woes, and the achievements of his brother, Harrry, get in the way. On… More