A Night at the Opera
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Although some purists hold out for Duck Soup (1933), many Marx Brothers fans consider A Night at the Opera the team's best film. Immediately after the credits roll, we are introduced to Groucho Marx as penny-ante promoter Otis B. Driftwood. After a sumptuous dinner with a beautiful blonde at a fancy Milan restaurant, Driftwood tries to cadge another free meal from his wealthy patroness, Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont). The dignified dowager complains that Driftwood had promised to get her into high society, but has done nothing so far. Otis B. counters by introducing Mrs. C to pompous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"The backstage finish, with Harpo doing a Tarzan on the fly ropes, contains more action than the Marxes usually go in for, but it relieves the strictly verbal comedy and provides a sock exit."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines."
‑ , Time Out
"Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"[The Marx Brothers] still let the air out of stuffed shirts and barbecue a few sacred cows, but something got lost in all that MGMness when the screen's ultimate anti-authoritarian team starting working the Andy Hardy side of the street."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Fresh off the failure of "Duck Soup," this was the Marx Brothers' comeback movie. The effort shows."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Never was a director more aptly named than Sam Wood: his movies are redwood forests of unrelieved monotony."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...Groucho's flirtation with respectability and devilish realization that it's much more rewarding to play the clown."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Embora empalideça diante de Diabo a Quatro, melhor filme dos irmãos, traz algumas das cenas mais memoráveis da trupe, dos jogos de palavras às gags físicas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"...generally an entertaining piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of the Marx brothers' greatest films."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The loudest and funniest screen comedy of the Winter season."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"It is exciting and perfect; a sign that they have at last learned how to use every resource which Hollywood can offer them; and the simplest reason I can find for calling them funny beyond the power of words to spoil the fun."
‑ Mark Van Doren, The Nation
"Fondly remembered for such classic comedy bits as Groucho and Chico drafting a contract, the stateroom scene, and the hilarious climax where the brothers make a shambles of Il Trovatore. Sans Duck Soup, we'll watch this any day."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Classic, classy Marxist mayhem"
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"... all the classic hallmarks of the Marx Brothers - Groucho's one-liners, musical numbers, rapid fire word play and Margaret Dumont - are present in the film"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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