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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
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
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This production is, for the most part, extremely noisy without being nearly as mirthful as [the Marx brothers'] other films.
Emma Simmonds
The List
January 15, 2015
A comedy classic that boasts some of Groucho's prickliest zingers and the pinnacle of Harpo's mirthful mischief.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
January 16, 2015
It turns out that the sharp-tongued humour of Groucho Marx is ageless, the slapstick timely and the subject matter still pertinent: loony dictatorship, religion, pointless warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
January 16, 2015
The funniest of the Marx Brothers pictures ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 12, 2015
Genius just about covers it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
April 18, 2008
Comic anarchy at its very best. This one just keeps getting better.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
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
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Joe Bigelow
June 27, 2007
Duck Soup should make practically everybody laugh.
Christopher Null
December 20, 2001
Presents Groucho at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 15, 2015
Questioning the canonical standing of a titan such as Duck Soup seems like an exercise in questioning the tastes of those who like it rather than the upbraiding the comedy mechanics of the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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
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