"A must see."
— David Parkinson, Empire
— Mike D'Angelo, The A.V.
"This classic comedy is the first movie ever to sweep the five major Oscar categories."
— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It's nearly impossible to find anyone who doesn't love it. Or doesn't feel, in some way, that it speaks to them."
— Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"[The characters] are, indeed, so pleasant and human that one feels a positive regret that it is impossible to shake hands with celluloid figures."
— Times (UK)
"The combination of Capra’s playful sensibility, inimitable 1930s line delivery, and a screwball wit really come together here to capture lightning in a bottle."
— Christopher Machell, CineVue
"Even now, It Happened One Night carries the unmistakable tenor of a breakout hit, fueled by confidently zippy repartee and manic comic invention that almost none of the innumerable pretenders to the throne of romantic comedy can match."
— Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
"As buoyant and elegant as bubbles in a glass of champagne, Frank Capra's sublime 1934 comedy, written by long-time collaborator Robert Riskin, survives triumphantly because of its wit, charm, romantic idealism and its shrewd sketch of married life."
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Nothing can take away from the strength of Gable and Colbert's performances, the illusion of romance in their interaction, and Capra's deftness in crafting this kind of feel-good narrative. The screwball comedy elements work as effectively as the love story, which is a rarity for romantic comedies."
— James Berardinelli, ReelViews