The Thrill of It All is an appealing (if terribly lightweight) little comedic confection, the kind of film that's the equivalent of a nice mid-day snack. A viewer looking for more substantial fare will definitely need to look elsewhere, as will those with a low tolerance for manufactured situations, a slight tendency toward cutesiness, or some dated feelings about gender roles. But for viewers who don't mind if situation setups are really based in reality, so long as they pay off in a decent laugh; who are won over by the grins and pouts of four-year-old children; or who can accept gender double standards as part and parcel of the period, Thrill should provide plenty of enjoyment. Certainly scripters Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart know a thing or two about the mechanics of comedy writing and the likes of Doris Day and James Garner are expert at playing for both the humor and the warmth. Throw in some fine support from Arlene Francis, ZaSu Pitts, and (in a very small role) Alice Pearce, as well as smooth and professional Norman Jewison direction, and you've got a pleasing, if totally insignificant, way to spend a couple of hours.
by Craig Butler review