• Unrated, 1 hr. 9 min.
  • Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Leo McCarey
  • In Theaters:    Nov 17, 1933 Wide
  • On DVD:    Oct 10, 2000
  • Paramount Pictures

Duck Soup Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 28, 2006

...detractors of the quartet will find very little here to embrace...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 18, 2013

...a glaring example of the element of the Marx Brothers' comedy that's always bothered me: the reliance on insults and cruelty.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

This production is, for the most part, extremely noisy without being nearly as mirthful as [the Marx brothers'] other films.

| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005

| Original Score: 5/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Marx Brothers created a body of work in which individual films are like slices from the whole, but Duck Soup (1933) is probably the best.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 13, 2003

Sublime!

| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 18, 2008

Comic anarchy at its very best. This one just keeps getting better.

| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 27, 2009

Watch for the famous "mirror scene" in which Harpo--dressed as Groucho--matches Groucho's every movement in a non-existent mirror--pure comic genius.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010

Nonstop classic Marx Bros. mayhem kids will love.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 25, 2004

Duck Soup is the closest thing to pure anarchy on film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joe Bigelow
Variety
Top Critic
June 27, 2007

Duck Soup should make practically everybody laugh.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 20, 2001

Presents Groucho at his best.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

It also includes what is perhaps the Brothers' funniest scene ever: an immaculately timed and performed sequence with a broken mirror in which Groucho, Chico and Harpo look absolutely identical. A masterpiece.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 14, 2002

| Original Score: 5/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
September 17, 2004

| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 9, 2005

The Marx Brothers high water mark in film.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 2, 2005

Funny classic comedy.

| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 16, 2009

Melhor longa da carreira dos irmãos Marx, o filme é uma verdadeira metralhadora giratória, disparando diálogos precisamente construídos e gags físicas inesquecíveis com uma rapidez invejável ainda nos dias de hoje.

| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Koller
Senses of Cinema
May 23, 2001

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