Moria calls it " one of the genuine American feelgood classics". Bright Lights Film Journal has a lengthy critique.
DVD Talk says, "Filled with memorable performances, great characters, sharp one-liners and tons of heart, it's a true charmer for viewers of all ages. It's also held up well during the last 60+ years". Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 84% and an audience rating of 93%.