I can't believe I hadn't seen this until now, but I do have some huge holes in my film-watching experience. This is a wonderful movie! No wonder everybody holds it in such high regard!
Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. DVD Talk calls it "a beloved Hollywood treasure". Roger Ebert says,
It is an almost perfect illustration of how much a really good movie can please. Things happen on the screen that makes you happy. You get involved.It get a 100% score from Rotten Tomatoes. The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die says, "of the many wonderful films summarized in this book, it truly is a must-see."