It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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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), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stanley Kramer strikes out again with this elephantine 1963 attempt at uproarious comedy."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"What can you say about a comedy where the Three Stooges are the most sedate people on screen?"
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"This movie defines the words "comic romp.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant as outstanding."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"For every inspired set-piece, there are one or two that don't work, making this a frequently frustrating watch."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney and host of good-old-fashioned-comedy chums cram in the action, but miss the laughs in this frantic bank caper comedy."
‑ , Film4
"Bloated mega-comedy best for its many cameos"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Kramer's 'comedy to end all comedy' stretches its material to snapping point but offers happy hours of star-spotting."
‑ , Time Out
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"[VIDEO ESSAY] A classic example of the Screwball Comedy genre."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This comic extravaganza starts off funny, but exhausts rather than delights."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Still the funniest star packed comedy ever."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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