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The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 80

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb.

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Average Rating: 2.3/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 19

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb.

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Average Rating: 2/5
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Eddie Murphy gets way, way out in this futuristic sci-fi comedy. In the year 2087, the Earth's natural resources have been largely depleted, and an increasingly large number of people have taken up residence on the moon, where the pioneering attitude of the new residents has created a culture not unlike the old west. Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) is one such lunar exile who formerly made his living outside the law, but has since gone straight and now runs the hippest nightclub in the moon colony

Dec 24, 2002

$4.4M

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Is it as bad as all that? Oh yes.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Formulaic films are released every week, but it's rare that one has a $100 million budget, big stars whose roles are embarrassing to watch and unusual special effects that only serve to mask a predictable plot and cliche-ridden scenes.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A paralyzingly dopey mess, Pluto sat on the shelf for more than a year while Warner Bros. tried to inject some life into it. You might as well try to revive a stuffed moose.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Forensics experts will be digging through the rubble of this fiasco for a long time, trying to reconstruct the accident. How did so many lines fall flat? Why were the action scenes so corny and unconvincing? Who put the stink on this?

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Some diverting cameos, but Murphy struggles to keep this one grounded.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Another zillion-dollar dud.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Pluto Nash will set lunar exploration back decades.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Murphy sleepwalks through it, and who can blame him?

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

An action-comedy vehicle factory-made from worn clichés, wearing riffs and virtually vacuum-sealed away from both adventure and laughs.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

With colossal sets, a remarkable cast, and hundreds of extras, this sci-fi comedy-adventure spoof of '30s movies should be funny and adventuresome, but it falls flat.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Murphy and Underwood must have had a lot of explaining to do.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Despite being set in 2080, The Adventures Of Pluto Nash only makes you hanker for the days when Eddie Murphy really was take-no-prisoners funny.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A waste of talent and money, Pluto Nash seems convinced that simply sticking Eddie Murphy in outer space with expensive special effects will produce laughs.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It's a real turkey.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

An abundance of noise, explosions, gunplay, chases, special effects, futuristic eye candy and star power (including John Cleese, Pam Grier and Peter Boyle) generates very little pure fun or excitement in this cluttered visit to the moon.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

worst futurama rip-off ever

May 27, 2007

In his early forties, the star seems to be struggling for scripts to fit his mercurial bad-boy talent, and this very expensive space comedy won't do his seesaw career any favours.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The movie is set in 2087, or approximately 100 years after scribe Neil Cuthbert last bothered to touch up his script.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

This is another dud to add to Murphyís already turkey-laden CV.

March 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Being one of the worse box office bombs ever isn't a good start really is it. Yet to look at the trailer, the sci-fi fantasy aspect and the films title you could be fooled into thinking this might not be too bad. The title is pretty sweet if you ask me, definitely an 80's movie title right there.

The plot is set in 2080 and mainly on the moon which is now called Little America. A location where gambling, girls, criminals and all things seedy are rampant, a bit like Las Vegas in the old days. Eddie Murphy is a retired smuggler who runs a nightclub on the moon and wants a quiet life, but this is all messed up when some goons come along and force Murphy out by destroying his club under the orders of a mysterious kingpin. Its now up to 'Pluto Nash' to find out why, who is the man behind it all and try to get his club back, or what's left of it.

I think the first issue with the film are the visuals. The film is oldish but not that old and unfortunately the CGI effects are pretty poor. Shots of the moon, moving vehicles, the lunar surface and of course Little America just look average and obviously CGI. When we close in on the urban areas the sets aren't too bad in design but again its terribly obvious its all sets. It all looks like a very mediocre attempt at a 'Blade Runner-esque' grimy neon lit urban district. The colour palette doesn't really help with everything being grey and boring, yes I know its the moon and the moon is typically grey but come on. There were some nice 50's-esque designs on some buildings and vehicles though, there was that element throughout the film but it still felt drab and lifeless, virtually black and white.

Then you have all the interior sets, design and costumes...its all grey!! everything is grey! flippin' eck!. Not only that but the interior designs look so dated, like its all been reused from a 60's TV sci-fi show. I understand that doesn't necessarily make it bad, there are plenty of examples where films have deliberately gone down the homage route or retro design/vibe which can work wonders giving a great charm factor. The problem here is the film had a massive budget and you wonder what they actually used it on.

Take the robot character played by Quaid (and the maid robot character). What they have done is simply apply a lot of makeup to Quaid to give him a doll-like appearance, then he merely acts out the robot role. Now again this can be done and it can work but probably best in low budget films that have little choice. In a big production it just tends to feel lackluster, the maid robot was the same but dressed up in a sexy French number as if that makes it more acceptable. I did quite like the 50's sci-fi sense I got from Quaid's robot though, like a butch Robbie the Robot in human form...kinda hehe.

Whilst watching I also found the plot to be a tad confusing really, or at least it didn't make much sense because it was all a muddle of grey. There are a lot of character names flying about here, a lot of seemingly pointless stuff, aimless boring dialog and not much action believe it or not. We just move from one cheap looking grey set to the next with little to laugh, disappointing seeing as its supposedly a Murphy sci-fi action romp.

But is it? you think it is but its not really, its more like a 1950's nightclub murder noir homage, 'Harlem Nights' in space perhaps. I must admit to thinking of 'Total Recall' at times whilst watching, it has that kind of vibe going on, minus all the excellent action and blood of course. Do I get the feeling this was made and acted the way it was on purpose?...was it?! I'm not sure, I'd like to think that but deep down I really doubt it. I just think it was a poorly executed movie which had potential to become a bit of a classic. I can see why people might enjoy bits of it like Quaid's cheesy robotic performance and the minor visual gags dotted throughout, but end of the day this really feels like its trying to achieve what 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai' achieved.

I'm still not really sure whether or not this film was intentionally made like a low budget sci-fi B-movie for artistic reasons, or it just came out that way. The more I think about it, this might have worked much better as a short TV series, it certainly has the look and feel.
March 20, 2014
phubbs1

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This Movie was tiny bit stupid.
December 8, 2009
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

oh, this was quite bad. Even the great cast couldn?t save this stupid, stooopid film.
September 23, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Very funny!
June 9, 2008
Yinali

Super Reviewer

    1. Dina Lake: What makes you so sure he'll help us out?
    2. Pluto Nash: Oh, he'll help us. He couldn't sing a note if it weren't for me.
    3. Dina Lake: You taught Tony Fransis how to sing.
    4. Pluto Nash: No I convinced a bookie to pour acid down his throat.
    – Submitted by Evan T (22 months ago)
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