Trading Places Reviews

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 13, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2010
Preposterous lighthearted one-joke comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2013
Directed by John Landis with a surprising amount of class, though he lets some of his old Animal House' vulgarity slip ostentatiously into the action.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 2, 2008
This 1983 film re-creates a screwball comedy format and then eliminates everything but the crudest audience-gratification elements; any incursions into the more morally complicated side of the genre are quickly curtailed.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 3, 2013
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.
Alex Orner
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Edgy, bawdy '80s comedy not meant for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
What's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
October 7, 2002
An altogether hilarious concoction that features Dan Aykroyd at his strongest, Eddie Murphy at his freewheeling funniest, and director John Landis at the absolute top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 23, 2004
Funny and clever, even though its celebration of 80s-era greed has aged poorly.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 3, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Eddie Murphy stars in one of his greatest roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 2, 2008
Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 14, 2002
Murphy and Aykroyd at the top of their game
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003
A thoroughly entertaining romp with its lampooning of social snobbery
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005
great fun
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 6, 2010
...a fun-filled film all the way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 2, 2008
Trading Places also makes Eddie Murphy a force to be reckoned with.
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