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Norbit (2007)


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 112

Critics Consensus: Coming off his Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls, the talented-but-inconsistent Eddie Murphy plays three roles in Norbit, a cruel, crass, stereotype-filled comedy that's more depressing than funny.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 32

Critics Consensus: Coming off his Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls, the talented-but-inconsistent Eddie Murphy plays three roles in Norbit, a cruel, crass, stereotype-filled comedy that's more depressing than funny.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 659,169


Movie Info

A meek and lovable milquetoast married to an overbearing, overweight tyrant finds his life turned upside down when he meets the woman of his dreams in this romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Eddie Griffin. His entire life, Norbit (Murphy) has been picked on and put down, and after being bullied into marrying the most obnoxious woman in town (also Murphy) it appears as if that's the way things will remain until the day he dies. Upon meeting the one woman … More

PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, some nudity and language)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jay Scherick , David Ronn
In Theaters:
Jun 5, 2007
Box Office:
Dreamworks Distribution LLC - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Norbit

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (112) | DVD (23)

Even if you go back decades, body fascism has rarely been so brazen, or so unfunny. Horrifying.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It's offensively bad.

February 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

When Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry play gals with sky-high BMI, at least their characters offer -- and are shown -- a certain amount of love and respect.

Full Review… | February 17, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Norbit takes the idea behind The Nutty Professor 2 -- that Eddie Murphy can play just about every character in the movie -- and strips it of all charm and humor.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Top Critic

There are so many problems with Norbit that when you try to pin one down, another one splooges out elsewhere.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Top Critic

Think Big Momma's House blended with a particularly loathsome Jerry Lewis movie, and you've got the picture. Grimacing yet?

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Like all of Murphy's recent films, there's also a sweet-if-predictable heart beating beneath the discount jokes.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

If there's no limit to your love of fat jokes, this is the movie for you.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Boston Phoenix

The laughs are broad (pardon the pun), obtuse, and unsubtle.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

It's small consolation when you have to sit through such a miserably unfunny movie, but at least the bad ideas here are relatively original.

Full Review… | May 31, 2007
Apollo Guide

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Full Review… | May 3, 2007
Movies for the Masses

Most of the jokes concern obesity, which Murphy evidently believes to be ipso facto funny.

Full Review… | March 17, 2007
Observer [UK]

A life sucking comedy of highly dubious intent.

Full Review… | March 17, 2007

If you're not a die-hard Murphy fan, your enjoyment of Norbit will depend entirely on how funny you find fat suits and fart jokes. Worth missing.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

Murphy has a deplorable joke concerning a lost policeman's whistle for which there is no excuse whatever - other than it's very funny.

Full Review… | March 10, 2007

... admirável que, com um passado já tão recheado de atrocidades cinematográficas, Eddie Murphy tenha conseguido, com Norbit, a proeza de realizar aquele que, sem dúvida, é o pior filme de sua já desastrosa carreira.

March 9, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Stereotype-based comedy from Eddie Murphy in a variety of fat suits is just not enough to make a decent film.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Empire Magazine

the humor is mean-spirited and the jokes rather puerile.

Full Review… | March 7, 2007

Three Eddie Murphys is three too many.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007

A one-dimensional bad news comedy.

March 2, 2007

Norbit is so bad, it has redefined my concept of Hell.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Mark Reviews Movies

Why is everybody in such a tizzy over Norbit?

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Philadelphia Weekly

Stealing from Date Movie: now that is pathetic.

Full Review… | February 24, 2007

Murphy finally has nothing to prove in front of the camera, which makes his fondness for wearing extreme prosthetics to play multiple roles in a film bursting with cheap, obvious gags increasingly baffling.

Full Review… | February 23, 2007
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Norbit

When I was in college, this film was playing in the student pub; I had nothing else better to do, so I watched it. Boy was that a bad choice. This film was poorly written, acted and directed with a bad cast. The result is one of the worst films that I have seen in recent memory. This is one of the most stupid comedies ever, and it's no wonder why Eddie Murphy's career is in such shambles. Norbit is a strained comedy right from the start. There's nothing funny about this film, in fact the only good thing about this film is the end credits. This is a painful comedy that I hated. The film suffers from a bad script, a poor cast and bad directing. There are no redeeming factors in this film. The film provides you with a waste of time, and there's nothing here that is fun, or entertaining. Norbit is an unfunny film that will depress you. This is simply put a comedy with no laughs or entertainment value whatsoever. Eddie Murphy is horrible on-screen, and this is by far one of the stupidest comedies I've seen. Norbit is a very forgettable film that doesn't deliver. The film is a pure waste of time from start to finish and shouldn't be watched by anyone looking for an effective comedy. Avoid this comedy; you'll be glad that you did. Eddie Murphy is a has been, and Norbit is proof to that. This is a film that is unwatchable, and definitely not worth your time.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Been there done that......nutty professor zzzzzzz.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Kind of mixed. It isn't as horrible and offensive as some people seem to be saying, but it isn't as funny either. I find with this one I kind of get bored watching it, though the high point for me is Raspucia. I actually think that character is kind of amusing - I don't think it's offensive that she is fat, I mean come on, it's a horrible character who just happens to be very overweight. That character would be just as horrible on a skinny girl. The bits that she (or he, as she, to be more exact) is not in are the bits that drag. Norbit is a dork - there is nothing interesting about him. The pimps are so so, Mr Wong is mildly offensive with his whaling. Thandie is distracting just by how stick thin she is, but she is nice in this.
It's a dumb comedy for those times you can't be bothered to think about a movie too hard. Bit of a laugh at some of the Rasputia stuff, but otherwise a bit on the bland side.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Fat suits can't make up for boring jokes and just plain weirdness.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Norbit Quotes

Mr. Wong:
Norbit, you married a gorilla.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Norbit Albert Rice:
You shouldn't drink that.
Norbit Albert Rice:
Your with child!
Oh that, no that was gas. There's your child.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Norbit Albert Rice:
We were the best of friends, we even pooped together!
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
How you doin?
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
What are you looking at Norbit?
– Submitted by jalen h (23 months ago)
Mr. Wong:
Bingo! Right in the blow hole!
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)

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