YMMV / Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Sure, it's anvilicious, but it's a pretty darn good anvil: It's worth it to fight for truth and justice against political corruption, even when it looks like a lost cause.
  • Tear Jerker: The finale.
    • Smith breaking down at the Lincoln Memorial after being publicly accused of corruption by the man he admired as a child.
  • The Woobie: Jefferson Smith. He just wants Truth, Justice and the American Way! But Washington just isn't run that way anymore.
  • Values Resonance: A tale of corruption in the highest body of law is more relevant in the post-Watergate era than it was in the 1930s.
    • The speech about the number of hoops a congressman has to jump through or work on to accomplish anything certainly resonates well with viewers after the United States suffered a government shut-down in 2013 simply because Congress was unable to agree on a national budget.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Look, Claude Rains was fantastic in this movie (and he was basically unrecognizable under the hair and makeup), but really, did he even try to sound American?