Monkey Business
Monkey Business (1931)

The first Marx Brothers picture written specifically for film, this outing finds the boys as stowaways on a cruise ship.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's not the most dynamic and timeless of the brothers' movies but it has enough moments and lines to stand alongside any of them.

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Fernando F. Croce

Coruscating surrealism

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Brothers offer lunacy, anarchy, and unbound nonsense for their Depression audience as they mock the foolish ways the rich behave aboard the luxury liner.

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Josh Larsen

...allows for a welcome bit of personal space between the audience and the comedians' antics.

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David Nusair
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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Probably only bettered by Horse Feathers and Duck Soup in the Marx library.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Marx Bros. classic is zany slapstick done right.

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Steve Crum

Not the best Marx Brothers, but pretty close.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's something a little special about this film in that it might well be the most wholly anarchic they ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
All the brothers were musicians but Harpo alone always got so serious whenever he played harp (sometimes Chico on the piano, but not always). His clown… More
xGary Xx
The brothers stowaway on board an ocean liner and get mixed up with a mobster trying to take over his old bosses territory. The usual mix of wisecracking,… More
AJ Verser
My favourite Marx Brothers movie. It's hilarious and short, it's just packed full of jokes and gags.
Anthony Lawrie
Almost perfect but made just before they reached the top of their game and fine-tuned their act. Still brilliant though, a still very funny!
Stella Dallas
complete anarchy and absolutely hilarious. at the rate they fire off the gags they're bound to miss a few but most of it sticks. i'm inclined to… More
Cindy I
The Marx Brothers as stowaways on an ocean liner. I've seen dozens of times and still laugh out loud at every scene.