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Bowfinger Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 4, 2007
Murphy is wonderful ... The plot is mechanical, clunky and boring.
Full Review| Original Score: 79/100
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
The movie has some very funny moments but is oddly low-key, from its slow set-up of the premise to its lack of follow-through on some of the comic possibilities.
| Original Score: C
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
A few bright spots aside, Bowfinger's jokes almost universally fall flat, with missed comic opportunities buzzing by at every turn.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Bowfinger never hits a note of high hilarity.
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+
Cornell & Petricelli
January 1, 2000
Funny pieces that just don't fit together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
January 1, 2000
Martin may express himself more gracefully than Bobby Bowfinger does, but the two share a certain quality of vagueness or absence that has plagued Martin's entire career as an actor and writer.
Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The whole flick has an unsophisticated look to it, like it was hastily filmed.
Greg Muskewitz
January 1, 2000
The highlights are in the previews.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Ramsey
January 1, 2000
Blowfinger is one of the worst movies of the year!
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
As a diehard Martin fan, I'm still hoping for a comeback, but it'll take better efforts than this to get me back in his cheering section.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The comedy is too frantically paced, and you can sense the cast trying hard - in some cases, too hard - in a futile effort to somehow elevate the erratic material to greatness.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
An amiable bundle of broad, easy laughs, rather than the bitingly fierce satire it might have been.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Woefully banal!
January 1, 2000
The whole business feels obvious, soft without being especially affectionate and only sporadically funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Awkwardly patronizing -- everyone, except maybe Bowfinger and the bold sexpot, is so clearly set to fail that their final 'triumph' is surreal.
Steve Tilley
Edmonton Sun
January 1, 2000
The whole flick has an unsophisticated look to it, like it was hastily filmed.
Charles Taylor
Sight and Sound
March 3, 2002
Bowfinger bears the same relation to satire as reports of the weekend grosses do to journalism.
Top Critic
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Tom Block
September 18, 2001
...entertaining and innocuous as a rhinestone.
John Griffin
Montreal Gazette
October 16, 2001
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
February 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 8/5

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January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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