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Bowfinger Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
April 15, 2016
Bowfinger (1999), Steve Martin's tribute to shoestring filmmaking and big-screen dreams, is a loving lampoon that gamely straddles the chasm between cynical con-artistry and benign innocence.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Entertaining, great actors but not a home run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2009
The best thing about Bowfinger is the way the script by Steve Martin is tooled to his own and Murphy's comic strengths.
Mark Morris
February 27, 2008
Hugely funny film that mixes knowing satire with winning stupidity, and has Martin and Murphy in form they have rarely managed in recent years.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2008
This is enjoyable but thin, which is no doubt what was intended.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A showcase for wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Mr. Murphy chews the scenery every chance he gets and it recalls what made him such a star in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 4, 2007
Murphy is wonderful ... The plot is mechanical, clunky and boring.
Full Review| Original Score: 79/100
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Preposterous and utterly self-absorbed, this has la-la land down to a tee.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Just watch two of the still funniest guys in the country do what they do best, without a bad script to get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
You'll laugh 'til you stop!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
This all has the potential to become a sidesplitting caper. ... Unfortunately, only a few of the manic scenes work.
| Original Score: C+
Dragan Antulov
December 2, 2004
[An] entertaining little comedy that should be forgiven for not living to its potential.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 15, 2003
It's lively and frequently funny -- but why does it leave such a sour aftertaste?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Lest the movie get too saccharine (and it never does), Eddie Murphy is on hand to juice things up.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The movie reaches giddy, cartoonish heights, even while it carefully dodges any chance to move beyond skin-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
A wicked satire of the absurdity of the Los Angeles lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Martin the writer plants some wicked barbs in Hollywood's rear end about creative financing of movies and hoarding of profits, the art of the deal, hipper-than-thou attitudes and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
This is his first screenplay since L.A. Story, yet you get the sense that Martin has lost some of the artistic aspiration he once brought to the movie business. This effort feels like it's just business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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