Bowfinger Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2009
The best thing about Bowfinger is the way the script by Steve Martin is tooled to his own and Murphy's comic strengths.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
This is enjoyable but thin, which is no doubt what was intended.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Preposterous and utterly self-absorbed, this has la-la land down to a tee.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Martin the writer plants some wicked barbs in Hollywood's rear end about creative financing of movies and hoarding of profits, the art of the deal, hipper-than-thou attitudes and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
This is his first screenplay since L.A. Story, yet you get the sense that Martin has lost some of the artistic aspiration he once brought to the movie business. This effort feels like it's just business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Martin is also at the top of his form!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
It assures Murphy's comeback as one of our most brilliant comic talents.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie's funny enough. But you can't help thinking it might be funnier.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Martin may express himself more gracefully than Bobby Bowfinger does, but the two share a certain quality of vagueness or absence that has plagued Martin's entire career as an actor and writer.
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Pleasant, but not terribly original.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Eddie Murphy is unleashed!
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Henry Cabot Beck
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Witty and spirited!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The comedy you've been waiting for all summer!
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A wonderfully sharp-witted, goofily exuberant movie!
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
The funniest, most knowing and, at heart, sweetest movie about making movies since Tim Burton's larky classic, Ed Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
What Murphy is doing here, in fact, is so focused and inventive, I don't quite know what to call it. Comedy nouveau, perhaps?
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Bowfinger isn't quite the deliriously slap-happy farce it wants to be, but Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy generate just enough laughs to keep you watching it.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Bowfinger manages to be funny without a single semen or shit joke or scene in which a character has carnal relations with a dessert.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
A mirthful comedy certain to send audiences into multiple spasms of laughter!
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Bowfinger never hits a note of high hilarity.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Aside from The Nutty Professor, this is the funniest Eddie Murphy comedy since the Reagan administration.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Bitingly funny but tolerant, bemused rather than bitter!
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Powered by a hilarious, high-octane performance by Eddie Murphy and a witty, boisterous script by his co-star, Steve Martin, Bowfinger offers 90-plus minutes of solid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Hilarious, good-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eleonore Snow
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Bowfinger succeeds as both a sweet, sometimes hilarious fable and as an indictment of everything that's wrong with modern moviemaking, skewering the absurdity and speciousness of Hollywood along the way.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A sharp, often hilarious ensemble!
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Murphy is able, with the help of writer and co-star Steve Martin, to create two completely different characters whose cumulative comic impact is overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Explosive hilarity!