• 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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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An uneven but hilarious remake.

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Murphy outdoes himself by bringing pathos as well as sweetness to the character, arguably making him a viable update of Lewis's bucktoothed Julius Kelp.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

The movie offers the uplifting news bulletin that life is not about being happy with how much you weigh but with what kind of person you are. This is where the movie starts getting sloppy.

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

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The Nutty Professor is, of course, a vanity piece, and it does serve notice that Murphy has lost none of his talent or ability. But it also demonstrates that he needs some guidance so he won't waste it on such lousy material.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Arguably better than the last five Eddie Murphy films taken together, The Nutty Professor still seems to be playing down to its audience much of the time.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I do not recommend this lame picture to any age group.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine

The Klumps is a bit like watching Ali just a couple of years before he called it quits -- occasionally still exciting to be around, but more often than not going through the motions, punching well below par.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

It took four writers -- including Shadyac -- to adapt Lewis and Richmond's original Nutty Professor script, and they managed to remove what little dramatic impetus once existed.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 3/10

January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

The Nutty Professor offers some great sight gags and some hilarious slapstick, but even four writers were unable to find enough plot and dialogue to justify the visual effects.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw

I never thought I would see the day when Eddie Murphy would play a character who inspired sympathy, but watching Klump disintegrate before a barrage of the comedian's barbs is genuinely poignant.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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At long last again, an Eddie Murphy movie has its plug in the socket.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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The Nutty Professor isn't much of a movie, but it's certainly a prime showcase for Eddie Murphy's enormous talent.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

Although the film covers some familiar territory, Murphy adds the essential humor to make it worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000

E! Online

The laugh-out-loud Eddie Murphy movie was fast becoming an artifact, like a can of New Coke or one of Cher's old noses. But The Nutty Professor marks his return to form.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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This movie is a little too interested in easy jokes to bother with having a heart.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Murphy proves himself a surprisingly strong actor here, playing Sherman with sweetness and poignancy, not to mention loads of funny weight-related humor.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 4, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 1/5

January 2, 2005
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