One of the greatest comedies ever made, the film thrives on its sharp writing, its active camera, and a humane approach to genuine flaws and simple misunderstandings. The shifts and turns in our understanding of characters (and their understanding of each other) bring liveliness to the film. Also, the performance by Frank Morgan elicits a complex series of reactions, while Stewart and Sullivan are excellent in the leads.
Very good acting all around, with most of the story quite enjoyable. However, personally, I cannot see Jimmy's character, who seems to be reasonable, falling for this mean, childish 'woman'. It should have been longer, giving reasons for his actions. However, despite a few annoying scenes because of that, I still shed a tear at the 'happy' ending, even at the eighth viewing.
Well-acted and genuine, the only thing that put me off was the very conventional ending. But, what leads up to it is a very well written, with believable characters, and a great supporting cast. Stewart and Sullavan rock in this movie. Still something was "missing" that prevents me from considering it a "masterpiece".
Lubitsch reached full bloom in the mid 30's and by this point was making his finest films, and this is indisputably one of them. It is a very funny and genuinely sweet (not "sweetener" sweet) comedy, the dialogues are excellently written and the characters are fabulously well-rounded and amiable, their stories engrossing.
Very sweet classic! Stewart is priceless as ever, and the rest of the cast was charming, too. A very refreshing movie that reflects how business was run "in the old days." And a very sweet story about our ideals and how we build people up in our minds and what happens when reality doesn't always live up... or does it? :) Highly, highly recommended!!
A nice romantic comedy, but it somehow feels lacking when compared to Stewart's other works. The ending is a little rushed and, while the plot itself is excellent, the execution is missing a sense of magic that you might expect going into it. Having said that, Sullavan and Stewart play off each other nicely for most of the film, and it manages to remain relatively engaging for the length of its runtime.
Pretty big disappointment - I hate to say that You've Got Mail is better, I really do. All the scenes without Jimmy Stewart are painful. The ending was forced and rushed, Jimmy Stewart's friend was annoying (at least in You've Got Mail Tom Hanks had Dave Chappelle as his buddy) and it just came off as unrealistic. Still, Jimmy is so fuckin likable its hard to not enjoy watching a lot of these scenes with him. It owned when he just beat the shit out of that guy in the shop. Hell yeah.