• R, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Landis
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1983 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 24, 2002
  • Paramount Pictures

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Trading Places Reviews

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2013

Total Film

While the two-hour running time overstretches the material, there are plenty of laughs -- as well as sly digs at the racism and greed of the American establishment.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2013
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

It's all outrageously contrived, and only surprising restraint by director John Landis makes it work. The writing is superb, too, leaving the two funnymen free to do the most inspired textured portrayals either has managed in movies.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

August 3, 2013
Alex Orner
Common Sense Media

Edgy, bawdy '80s comedy not meant for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a fun-filled film all the way around.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

December 6, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...one of the most impressive comedies to emerge out of the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2009

Film4

Fast-paced and energetic social satire fleshed out with lots of enjoyable silliness.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2008

Empire Magazine

The Saturday Night Live veterans Murphy and Ackroyd are the show-stealers here in this decent family comedy.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Trading Places also makes Eddie Murphy a force to be reckoned with.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 2, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The rise of Valentine and the fall of Winthorpe are a source of great fun.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 2, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2007

Time Out
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As a satire on the internecine savagery of fiscal doings under late Reaganite capitalism, the movie is not as biting as it thinks it is; but it's still the best hoot since Arthur.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Eddie Murphy stars in one of his greatest roles.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

Because Eddie doesn't have to carry the whole movie, he is free to make every word that comes out of his mouth infinitely appealing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony

Hilarious chemistry between Aykroyd and Murphy.

| Original Score: B+

September 21, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

August 2, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

great fun

| Original Score: 4/5

February 26, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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[A] shrewd but very likable movie.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2004
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