Norbit Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
February 27, 2007
Why is everybody in such a tizzy over Norbit?
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
February 13, 2007
When it works, Norbit's honesty about its exaggerations makes for a more embraceable portrait of American culture than Dreamgirls.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2007
Norbit is a tour de force in which Murphy plays three distinct characters, two of them to the hilt. In fact, the only thing that makes Norbit good rather than great is that the title character is a bit bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Hemphill
February 9, 2007
Norbit is a return to form for Murphy; while it's not on a par with his best work, it's very funny and just risky enough to eradicate the memory of Daddy Day Care.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 9, 2007
Although there's no denying the threadbare nature of the script, watching Murphy riff can be a formidable entertainment on its own.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
February 9, 2007
This is all pretty ordinary Murphy movie stuff, which is to say it's kinda funny most of the time and very funny some of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Chitwood
February 9, 2007
Norbit is worth checking out just to see Eddie Murphy do his thing. And fortunately that's enough to make it relatively easy to overlook all the other big problems with the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2007
Murphy's work in Norbit makes his fine performance in Dreamgirls look like he was acting with a couple of hands tied behind his back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
February 7, 2007
And while some of the laughs are certainly hilarious, they aren't as plentiful as necessary to make Norbit a consistently funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
February 7, 2007
Absolutely adorable. Murphy plays a big black woman who is not a victim of America's unrealistic ideal of beauty.
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
February 7, 2007
Eddie Murphy reaches into his comedic closet and pulls out a hysterical hit.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
Like all of Murphy's recent films, there's also a sweet-if-predictable heart beating beneath the discount jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix
July 7, 2010
If there's no limit to your love of fat jokes, this is the movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Drew Turney
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
The laughs are broad (pardon the pun), obtuse, and unsubtle.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: 56/100
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 3, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 17, 2007
Most of the jokes concern obesity, which Murphy evidently believes to be ipso facto funny.
Paul Greenwood
Future Movies UK
March 17, 2007
A life sucking comedy of highly dubious intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Matthew Turner
March 15, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
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