What's Up, Doc?
What's Up, Doc? (1972)

With Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby (1938) as his blueprint, Peter Bogdanovich resurrected and payed homage to 1930s screwball comedy in What's Up, Doc? (1972). When wacky co-ed Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand, in the Katharine… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 9, 1972
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Barbra Streisand was never more likable than in this energetic, often hilarious screwball farce from director Peter Bogdanovich.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The result is a comedy made by a man who has seen a lot of movies, knows all the mechanics, and has absolutely no sense of humor.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The strength of a movie like this, of course, is that you don't have to believe too much for too long, because there's something else happening.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stands out as one of the great, if semi-forgotten comedy masterpieces of the 1970s.

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Variety Staff

This picture is a total smash.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Not the least of Bogdanovich's triumphs is his success in scaling down Miss Streisand's superstar personality to fit the dimensions of farce.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Barbara Streisand takes over the feminine human incarnation of Bugs Bunny's free-spirited cartoon character in Peter Bogdanovich's enthusiastic homage to the screwball comedy.

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Time Out

A homage to Hollywood screwball comedy that by and large gets its pace and cartoon/slapstick timings right.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The busy script by Buck Henry, Robert Benton, and David Newman keeps things moving, but the spirit of pastiche keeps this romp from truly rivaling its sources.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

[A] hilarious homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s by Howard Hawks and Preston Sturges.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
"There's not much to see actually. We're inside a Chinese dragon." Kinda like Bringing Up Baby meets one of those 70s's Alka Seltzer… More
Lucas Martins
Energetic screwball comedy that resurrect the genre from 30's hilarious pictures and pay a homage to Warner Bros. cartoons.
Jim Hunter
Four suitcases, one with jewels, one with secret documents, one with rocks, and one with clothes, cause goofy characters to scramble for possession. What's… More
Jens S.
Classic 70s chaos comedy about a girl called trouble and four identical bags with very different contents. The mix up and chase after these bags still belongs… More
xGary Xx
A kooky stranger in the shape of Barbra Streisand attaches herself to a stuffy music professor and through a series of coincidences become involved in a plot to… More
Dean McKenna
Superb zany, riotous slapstick comedy of the 1970s! It makes me can't stop laughing heaps. Silly, simple and superficial, with no lowbrow, leering takes or… More