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Meet Dave (2008)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 82

Easy gags and slack direction drag this occasionally clever alien-out-of-planet comedy down to unimaginative lows.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 24

Easy gags and slack direction drag this occasionally clever alien-out-of-planet comedy down to unimaginative lows.



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With their home planet in danger and no place in the known universe to seek shelter, a desperate crew of miniature alien humanoids boards a human spacecraft in hopes of saving their doomed world. Eddie Murphy stars in a sci-fi comedy that re-teams the longtime comic actor with Norbit director Brian Robbins. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett

Nov 25, 2008


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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (82) | DVD (15)

This is made-for-TV material dressed up by Eddie Murphy's participation into a theatrical release.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Better than average but not worth phoning home about.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Watching Murphy robotically walk around the city does stir nostalgia for the brilliant SNL skit where he masqueraded as an uptight white guy, but that formidable comic actor is long gone.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Even for a high-concept, lowbrow summer release Meet Dave is drab, shoddy work.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Even in C-movie junk like this, Murphy manages to wring a few laughs out of the material. But the humor is so broad it barely fits onto the screen.

July 14, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Meet Dave alone may not radically change the course of Eddie Murphy's drooping career. But it is, at least, a little olive branch held out to his audience. And that's better than Nil.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (20)
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I'm sure a more refined filmmaker could've squeezed the premise tighter for sophisticated laughs, but as family-angled sci-fi comedies go, Dave is actually quite agreeable. Who knew Murphy still had some fun left in him?

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

A comedian known for his brash wit and go-for-broke charm, Murphy used to be willing to say anything to get a laugh. Now, he's clearly willing to do anything.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Failure couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central could certainly do much worse as far as Murphy's family-friendly output goes.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If you think Eddie Murphy lost his mojo about 20 years ago and has been lacking clear comedic judgment ever since, then you've got to see this for confirmation. Or maybe not.

January 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The new film is mildly amusing family entertainment, but when discussing the career of one of our most seasoned comic actors, "mildly amusing" can only be regarded as a letdown.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The puzzler that is Eddie Murphy's career continues apace with this low-fi kiddy-oriented affair featuring the comedian as both a human-shaped spaceship called Dave Ming-chang and the commander of said vessel.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

There's a delicious irony to the way in which this supposedly heartwarming comedy gives the impression of having itself been devised by a race of extra-terrestrials with only a tentative grasp of what constitutes heart or humour.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

den hanei stigmi ap' ta matia toy to one-joke thema toy, kai agkomahaei mehri to telos na soy anamasisei ayta ta mikra paraksena pragmata poy mas kanoyn anthropoys ki enas eksogiinos tha ebriske paranoika

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

certainly a step up from Norbit...

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Avoid like the plague.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A movie starring Eddie Murphy used to mean something good. Now it just means that you should avoid anything he does at all costs. MEET DAVE is a disaster of epic proportions.

July 21, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

Heralding a return to form for Eddie Murphy, this cleverly conceived and executed sci-fi comedy offers plenty of laughs for all ages. The considerable challenge for the filmmakers was to streamline three realities and make each one credible.

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (4)
Urban Cinefile

Unless you're a die-hard Eddie Murphy fan, there's no reason for you to 'Meet Dave,' a substandard comedy that should have gone straight to DVD.

July 19, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Likeable sci-fi comedy with some nice ideas and two surprisingly charming performances from Eddie Murphy, though it's not as funny as it could have been.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

Doug Cooper - There's the odd chuckle to be had, it's fast-paced and colourful ... but overall it's over-stuffed and chaotic.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Teletext

Murphy far outshines the material.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Contrary to what its altogether hideous advertising campaign would have you think, the latest collaboration between Eddie Murphy and Norbit director Brian Robbins is not, in fact, the worst movie ever made.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Meet Dave

Meet Dave received quite a battering but I really don't think it was all that bad. If it was made in the 80's it would be a classic, you know that's true. I was expecting the worst after all the scathing reviews but I quite liked it, it was 100 times better than Norbit anyway!
January 7, 2013

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If it didn't depend on dozens of cliche's I might have actually enjoyed it. There are some funny moments in Meet Dave but still it's an odball, unoriginal and kind of creepy movie. It's not terrible, it's not as bad as Daddy Day Care or Norbit but it's still highly average and a massive misfire for children's taste due to some scary moments and a considerable amount of violence.
April 29, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Very funny and endearing childrens film, pity it was only in the theaters for about 2 weeks
January 2, 2011
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Michael Edwards

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A very funny Movie Far More then I expected. I laughed all through the movie. Eddie Murphy played an excellent part. Elizabeth Banks was simply beautiful. A great family movie, nothing that can be shown to any age, clean throughout. 4 1/2 stars
May 17, 2010
Bruce Bruce

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    1. No.2 - 2nd In Command: Sometimes, number 2 happens.
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    1. Dave / Captain: Welcome to Old Navy!
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