It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante),… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's long, frantic, and stuffed to the gills with comic actors and set pieces -- and that's exactly its charm.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Stanley Kramer strikes out again with this elephantine 1963 attempt at uproarious comedy.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

So many excellent actors and stunt men do so much in this film that it is beyond my space allowance to begin to credit them.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World remains a technological and creative marvel for reasons beyond its sometimes fitful ability to make audiences laugh.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant as outstanding.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For every inspired set-piece, there are one or two that don't work, making this a frequently frustrating watch.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

There's a documentary-like pleasure in watching so many legends of comedy share the screen... along with the disappointment of watching so many very funny people fail to be funny at all.

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Time Out

Kramer's 'comedy to end all comedy' stretches its material to snapping point but offers happy hours of star-spotting.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

lives up to its intentions as an epic madcap farce, and it offers enough comic variation through the multiple characters and situations that it never feels overlong or monotonous

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] A classic example of the Screwball Comedy genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
The movie version of one of those little clown cars that a hundred clowns get in and out of, it descends into pure over-the-top silliness with so many talents… More
AJ Verser
Don't hesitate to see this movie just because it's extremely long, it's worth it. This movie is really hilarious, and it's got a great… More
Lucas Martins
The best American comedy ever made. A true epic of humor, with full of great comedians and unforgettable scenes.
Mike S
Call me narrow-minded, but never did I imagine that a movie this old, could be so wildly entertaining. And "wild" is no doubt one of the key words… More
Spencer S.
This is the perfect example of an epic comedy, one that spans time, venues, and types of comedy. Other films of this genre include The Blues Brothers and… More
♥Robyn M♥
anybody who has ever been funny is in this movie! an oldie but a goodie!

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