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The Nutty Professor Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 1, 2016
It spends too much time trying to find laughter and not enough time speaking out against fat shaming and our weight-obsessed culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
August 19, 2012
There's bold work here from Murphy on grand scale of thespian commitment, yet the feature's sense of humor is more dreary than playful, killing the potential of the premise with a constant display of bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A dumb, offensive movie--a good one to skip.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 6, 2009
[Murphy] is able to invest his Professor Klump with an endearing dignity, give his lounge lizard alter ego, Buddy Love, an alligator's bite and then go on from there to play Klump's grandma. Also his mother, father and brother.

TV Guide
June 6, 2009
Murphy turns the dual roles of a meek academician and his smarmy alter ego, Buddy Love, into an excoriating exercise in self-disclosure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2009
All in all, a pretty thin comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Murphy's most assured work in some time.
Chris Cabin
December 2, 2005
the beginning of the end for Eddie Murphy
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 9, 2005
Murphy finally revives his considerable comedic gifts for this crowd-pleaser.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Welcome back (I hope), Eddie Murphy.
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2005
The comic maelstrom known as Eddie Murphy is finally back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Funny, vulgar Eddie Murphy--his best to date.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Kevin McManus
Washington Post
August 20, 2002
This is good, seamless comedy.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
August 13, 2002
Delivers belly laughs as huge as Klump's waistline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
This is a chance to see Murphy doing what he does best, and for that alone it's worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It's just so pleasing that Murphy has cloaked his ego in an effective character and an engaging story this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The flick is sketch comedy spun out to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 11, 2001
It's crude, but funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Eddie Murphy is funny again. Sadly, he lacks the guts to follow through on the cathartic self-satire that gives the film its distinction.
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Messy, raucous, crude and undisciplined though this remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis vehicle is, it also creates more laughter (and poignancy) than any Eddie Murphy movie has in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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