• Unrated, 1 hr. 17 min.
  • Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Norman Z. McLeod
  • In Theaters:    Sep 19, 1931 Wide
  • On DVD:    Oct 10, 2000
  • MCA Universal Home Video

Monkey Business Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 13, 2014

It's not the most dynamic and timeless of the brothers' movies but it has enough moments and lines to stand alongside any of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 1, 2013

...allows for a welcome bit of personal space between the audience and the comedians' antics.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010

Marx Bros. classic is zany slapstick done right.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 25, 2009

Coruscating surrealism

Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
December 19, 2005

Not the best Marx Brothers, but pretty close.

| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 1, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 10, 2005

The Brothers offer lunacy, anarchy, and unbound nonsense for their Depression audience as they mock the foolish ways the rich behave aboard the luxury liner.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 4, 2005

Probably only bettered by Horse Feathers and Duck Soup in the Marx library.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 7, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004

| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 18, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002

There's something a little special about this film in that it might well be the most wholly anarchic they ever made.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 1, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 28, 2006

...ineffective...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
August 6, 2011


Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
Top Critic
March 25, 2006

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 23, 2004


Film4
May 24, 2003

Don Druker
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 27, 2001

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