Meet John Doe
Meet John Doe (1941)

The first of director Frank Capra's independent productions (in partnership with Robert Riskin), Meet John Doe begins with the end of reporter Ann Mitchell's (Barbara Stanwyck) job. Fired as part of a downsizing move, she ends her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1941
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Wikipedia lists "Meet John Doe" as an "American comedy film." How wrong they are.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

It's pure Capra, run through with the tension between idealism and corruption...

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Emanuel Levy

Capra's political parable is problematic parables, from his contradictory approach to the "little people" to the right-wing elements to the compromised ending, in which Cooper is stopped from committing suicide.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Journalistic ethics are only a small aspect of the film, but the implications are long-ranging.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the political and social ramifications are just as topical today as they were seventy years ago.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It was hard to stomach.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Capra's films work because he believed with his whole heart in his cornball agendas.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Além de trazer aquela que é provavelmente a pior cena dirigida por Capra em sua carreira (o monólogo de Regis Toomey na prefeitura), o filme é um água com açúcar repleto de diálogos patriotas/cristãos patéticos, artificiais e piegas.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Classic Capra and Cooper still makes statements.

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Kevin M. Williams
Capra, with his immigrant's love of the American dream, can easily be criticized as sometimes syrupy but never as simplistic. Here he grapples with no less… More
Michael Gildea
Fantastic! It started off as what I thought was going to be a screwball comedy but slowly shifted gears into a heartbreaking tale of beauty and political… More
Graham Jones
Another Capra masterpiece that is still relevant today. Cooper and Brennan are great.
Moe E
Frank Capra's illustration of the media's use of an average shmoe with a simple message to manipulate the masses for political gain is as relevant… More
Aj V
This is a remarkable movie, and a great performance from Stanwyck. I highly recommend this movie.