• schwanensee

    ★★½ Watched by schwanensee 18 Jun, 2016

    Some fun moments, but also some galling moments, due mostly to the ever-unnecessary romantic subplot. And Allan Jones's singing. Who asked for that? Not me, dammit.

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  • kieslow

    Watched by kieslow 30 May, 2016

    Bon, d'entré de jeu, précisons que je ne connais pas beaucoup les Marx Brothers... je crois que c'est mon premier visionnement complet d'un de leur film. Quelques bons passages, surtout dû a l'allongement et-ou l'exaggération de gags. Par contre, je dois avouer que les numéros musicaux sérieux (oui monsieur, t'as bien lu) m'ont parus longs et leur présence assez incongru dans ce film, qui autrement se veut un divertissement flirtant avec l'absurde.

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  • Tom Beasley

    ★★★★½ Watched by Tom Beasley 01 May, 2016

    The Marx Brothers are just brilliant and this is them at their absolute best. Groucho, as usual, is a machine gun of tremendous one-liners and the physical comedy is just great. Some of the racial stereotyping is a little uncomfortable, but it was the 1930s, I guess.

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  • Vasquez

    ★★★½ Watched by Vasquez 16 Apr, 2016

    A solid Marx Bros movie. Liked the second half more than the first - included some great comedy scenes (Groucho attempting to seduce the blonde despite Chico and Harpo's interference) and some great musical numbers (marred by an unfortunate blackface scene). Good stuff overall, although not great.

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  • Jonathan Woollen

    ★★★ Watched by Jonathan Woollen 27 Mar, 2016

    Basically a solid-ish misfire because the brothers just don't get enough to do, or maybe the right spaces in which to do them. A sanitarium sounds like the ideal location, but really it's only the sight of them washing their hands all kookily that gives that setting its due. (Well, and Margaret Dumont willingly batted around a folding examination chair.) And if you compare Marx movies by their musical sections (granted: this is only my fourth), this one lacks something…

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  • Daniel PG Simpson

    ★★★ Watched by Daniel PG Simpson 27 Mar, 2016

    Though the Marx Brothers' early films were basically just pure comedy, this largely changed when they signed with MGM. Though their comedic style would largely remain, the films would also be imbued with more standard romances and conventional storylines which were largely independent of the brothers comedy. That's certainly the case with A Day at the Races, which features a boring story about young lovers trying to save their sanitarium. I couldn't give a crap about these people or their…

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  • Auggie Heschmeyer

    ★★½ Watched by Auggie Heschmeyer 12 Mar, 2016

    When the film lets the gags happen, they're great. However, most of the film is bogged down with too many unnecessary musical numbers.

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  • Quinn Bailey

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Quinn Bailey 19 Feb, 2016

    The Marx Brothers mean a lot to me. They were my gateway to classic cinema, as my first childhood viewing of A Night at the Opera thoroughly shattered my perception that old movies were nothing but stodgy, slow, and boring. My DVDs of their films have been thoroughly worn down by far too much usage. References to the Freedonian national anthem, tootsie-frootsie ice cream, and how there's no such thing as the sanity clause are daily occurrences in my family.…

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  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★ Watched by Njabs Phungula 02 Feb, 2016 2

    Chaotic fun. I'm not crazy about the horse race at the end although it's essential to the story. The rest of the movie is one great gag after another. I also really loved Chico and Harpo, and their bits on the piano. I need to see more Marx Bros.

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  • Nick H.

    ★★★ Watched by Nick H. 18 Jan, 2016

    Coming off the heels of Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races just feels long and overdone. There's plenty of good comedy here, but with a runtime nearing two hours there's also a good amount of bloat that doesn't need to be here.

    Even an average Marx Brothers movie is good for a lot of laughs, I just doubt that for all the memorable moments this is one I would ever seek out on my own.

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  • Jason M

    ★★★★ Watched by Jason M 09 Jan, 2016

    Magik. The mix of oddball comedic anarchy and word puns of the Marx Bros have always been some of the best stuff to turn to when feeling down. It plays by its own rules and is sill kind of unique to this day.
    Love it.

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  • Matt

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Matt 01 Jan, 2016

    This was the best written Marx Bros. movie. All the gags are well done and they all come together very organically.

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