Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Frank Capra's classic comedy-drama established James Stewart as a lead actor in one of his finest (and most archetypal) roles. The film opens as a succession of reporters shout into telephones announcing the death of Senator Samuel… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 19, 1939
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

This is classic Capracorn.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism.

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Jeff Beck

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington remains one of the quintessential films about American politics to this very day.

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Otis Ferguson
The New Republic

Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is going to be the big movie explosion of the year, and reviewers are going to think twice and think sourly before they'll want to put it down for the clumsy and irritating thing it is.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Mr. Smith is one of the best shows of the year. More fun, even, than the Senate itself.

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is so far the best Hollywood picture of the year. It is pleasant to be able to say this without if's and but's.

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Variety Staff

One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season.

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Eric Melin

It isn't a political film at all. In fact, it draws its power from its simple underdog story and its modern resonance from the fact that little has changed since then.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Wonderful classic movie for the family.

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Carlos Magalh„es
James Stewart and Jean Arthur are both amazing in this magnificent political drama - a film still relevant when it comes to corruption and our powerless… More
Jameson Worley
A classic film, among the all-time best. Perfect and timeless. The ending is one of my all-time favorite movie scenes. Powerful, almost… More
Chris Weber
Frank Capra's tale of an idealistic, yonug junior senator's revelation about, (and subsequent revolution against) Washington's rampant corruption… More
Jay Hutchinson
Still today we have problems with the lies rampant throughout our political system, but this film gives us hope. We can create a more perfect union by… More
Graham Jones
I could watch this movie a million times and still get chills when he won't yield. The only film I really feel like deserves a standing ovation when the… More
Thomas Johnston
The night before elections.... everyone should watch this movie and I voting for a Mr. Smith or Senator Paine. I was naive before watching this… More