Sight and Sound - 02/01/2001
"...As appealing as ever..."
Total Film - 06/01/2000
"...With the power to melt the coldest of hearts. James Stewart gives a flawless performance..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...It looks more masterful than ever..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"George Bailey's everyman charm reminds us that it doesn't take a war to make a hero."
Description by OLDIES.com:
With the endearing message that "no one is a failure who has friends," Frank Capra's heartwarming masterpiece continues to endure, and after 60 years this beloved classic still remains as powerful and moving as the day it was made.
George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all - and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?
A good but slightly ineffectual man tries to off himself after an error that really wasn't his fault. In Christmas Carol fashion, his crusty-but-lovable guardian angel shows up to give him a tour of the world without his presence, and it isn't a pretty place. Moral courage, small-town American life, civic cooperation, and family love are glorified; corporate greed and self-involvement are vilified; at the climax, a blanket of snow like spun sugar makes everything pure and clean like redemption itself.