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."
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.