Empire Online opens with this:
Sullivan's Travels is still as brilliant and funny today as it was back in the early '40s, when Sturges was the toast of Tinseltown, praised as its premier satirist and crafter of social comedies.The book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die calls it "the most remarkable film in the career of one of America's greatest filmmakers." DVD Talk highly recommends it. DVD Verdict calls it "one of the great films of its era, and certainly among the best movies about movies there has ever been." FilmReference.com says, "Today Sturges may be seen as a great American satirist, and Sullivan's Travels is often called "Swiftian." FilmSite.org describes it this way:
One of his more interesting and intelligent films from a repertoire of about twelve films in his entire career, Sturges' Sullivan's Travels satirizes Hollywood pretension and excesses with his particular brand of sophisticated verbal wit and dialogue, satire and fast-paced slapstick.It's on the Arts & Faith list of top 100 films. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100%.