• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom Shadyac
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 20, 1998
  • Universal Pictures


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The Nutty Professor Reviews

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Brian Orndorf

There's bold work here from Murphy on grand scale of thespian commitment, yet the feature's sense of humor is more dreary than playful, killing the potential of the premise with a constant display of bad taste.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

August 19, 2012
Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media

A dumb, offensive movie--a good one to skip.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

January 2, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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[Murphy] is able to invest his Professor Klump with an endearing dignity, give his lounge lizard alter ego, Buddy Love, an alligator's bite and then go on from there to play Klump's grandma. Also his mother, father and brother.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 6, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Murphy turns the dual roles of a meek academician and his smarmy alter ego, Buddy Love, into an excoriating exercise in self-disclosure.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2009


All in all, a pretty thin comedy.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 6, 2009
Variety Staff
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Murphy's most assured work in some time.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Chris Cabin

the beginning of the end for Eddie Murphy

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 2, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Murphy finally revives his considerable comedic gifts for this crowd-pleaser.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Welcome back (I hope), Eddie Murphy.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews

April 9, 2005
Michael Dequina

The comic maelstrom known as Eddie Murphy is finally back.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Funny, vulgar Eddie Murphy--his best to date.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2004
Kevin McManus
Washington Post
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This is good, seamless comedy.

August 20, 2002
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Delivers belly laughs as huge as Klump's waistline.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a chance to see Murphy doing what he does best, and for that alone it's worth seeing.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine

It's just so pleasing that Murphy has cloaked his ego in an effective character and an engaging story this time.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2002

Globe and Mail
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The flick is sketch comedy spun out to feature length.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It's crude, but funny.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Eddie Murphy is funny again. Sadly, he lacks the guts to follow through on the cathartic self-satire that gives the film its distinction.

May 12, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Messy, raucous, crude and undisciplined though this remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis vehicle is, it also creates more laughter (and poignancy) than any Eddie Murphy movie has in quite some time.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 14, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie succeeds in two different ways: It's sweet and good-hearted, and then again it's raucous slapstick and bathroom humor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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