Duck Soup
Duck Soup (1933)

Arguably the Marx Brothers' funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy widow offers financial aid to the bankrupt country of Freedonia on condition that… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 1933
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Genius just about covers it.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

True movie fans haven't lived until they've caught its nonstop barrage of classic bits.

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Joe Bigelow

Duck Soup should make practically everybody laugh.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This production is, for the most part, extremely noisy without being nearly as mirthful as [the Marx brothers'] other films.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. [Blu-ray]

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The Marx Brothers' best movie...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
If there's any intellectual consideration to be drawn from the Marx Brothers life thesis presented here it might be that all works of the hands of men are… More
Bathsheba Monk
The best movie to see on election night! Freedonia rules. Rufus Firefly for president.
Carlos Magalh„es
The Marx brothers raise hell and guns and laughter in this classic, with big musical numbers and a hysterical slapstick humor full of puns and physical gags and… More
Greg S
Rufus T. Firefly is announced as the new leader of bankrupt Freedonia, but will his penchant for insulting everyone he meets ignite a war? Anarchic,… More
Lucas Martins
Dispite the short duration of it and the lack of more informations about McCarey's storytelling, Duck Soup is one of the finest Marx Brothers film. Laugh… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Best Marx bros film, both a political satire and a non-stop marathon of slapstick and verbal humour. Rufus T Firefly's lines are hillarious and very… More