The Bishop's Wife
The Bishop's Wife (1948)

Cary Grant is at his cutest as a guardian angel, sent to smooth the path for beleaguered Episcopalian bishop David Niven. In praying for divine intervention to finance a new church, Niven probably never expected his prayers to be answered… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 16, 1948
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Bishop's Wife succeeds thanks to the strength of winning performances from a stellar cast, which includes Cary Grant and Loretta Young.

Caren Weiner Campbell
Entertainment Weekly

Grant's turn is thoroughly convincing because he himself appears to be having a terrific time: He's expansive, graceful, and seems always on the verge of chuckling with goodwill.

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Variety Staff

While a fantasy, there are no fantastic heavenly manifestations. There's a humanness about the characters, even the angel, that beguiles full attention.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

The playing from all three stars is enjoyable and the festive setting allows Grant to trim a Christmas tree with the flick of a finger.

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TIME Magazine

It is a big, slick production. The only thing it lacks is taste.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

We cannot recommend you to a more delightful and appropriate Christmas show.

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A typically sanctimonious Hollywood Christmas fantasy that works mainly because of the charm of the performers.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

There must be some excuse for this but I can't imagine what it is.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Cary's charm works as successfully upon audiences as it does upon the film's characters, and his relaxed wit plus Loretta Young's delicate loveliness makes for a frothily touching comedy.

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Emanuel Levy

Cary Grant's suave, charismatic angel is the main reason to see craftsman Koster's sentimental, verbose serio-comedy about a bishop (David Niven) struggling with marriage and funds for new church; A Christmas staple along with It's a Wonderful Life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Simply put, this one is all about Grant's charm, no more, no less. There's a story here about an angel helping out a Catholic bishop in a bit of a fix… More
jay nixon
Adequate holiday inspirational with a great supporting cast and Cary Grant fine in the lead. David Niven and Loretta Young, who is seriously in need of a meal… More
Bruce Bruce
Number 9 in the quest for 30, though netflix is making it harder by raising there rates. A lost and forgotten movie from long ago with an all star cast of Cary… More
Randy Tippy
This definitely has a Frank Capra feel to it, even though it was directed by Henry Koster. A 'holiday classic' that's worth viewing year round.
Aj V
Grant is an angel, now both literally and in this movie. How could you not like this movie? It's precious, I love it.
xGary Xx
Charming festive fantasy in which angel Cary Grant comes to earth to the aid of bishop David Niven who has began to question his faith. Spiritual without being… More