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Coming to America Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
July 7, 2015
Murphy has dealt audiences the movie equivalent of a royal flush and he is now clearly Hollywood's reigning king of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 11, 2014
...a worthy followup to Murphy and Landis' first collaboration, Trading Places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Silly, curse-happy '80s Eddie Murphy vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 6, 2009
The director is ... rather distracted; John Landis seems to be browsing through the scenes rather than gobbling them down.

TV Guide
June 6, 2009
Murphy gives his sweetest, most touching, and most genuinely likable performance to date, playing a character who embraces society instead of holding it in contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2009
The winning combination of Landis and Murphy redeems the very predictable storyline, which is chock-full of snappy one-liners and impressive caricatures by Murphy and Hall.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 2009
very funny and shows Eddie Murphy in his prime
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
February 21, 2009
Not only a great comedic effort but Eddie Murphy's best romantic film as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 29, 2009
[Landis] takes a very specific joy in the act of moviemaking and calls attention to it, placing it at a level above the romantic story.
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
Starts on a bathroom joke, quickly followed by a gag about private parts, then wanders in search of something equally original for Eddie Murphy to do for another couple of hours.
Eric Meyerson
June 28, 2007
so brilliant, it almost makes up for The Golden Child.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Superb comic timing, a satirical edge, and Murphy's extraordinary gift for mimicry lift it right out of the trough of mediocrity to which it is all but consigned by its utterly predictable storyline.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully, which was probably a bad idea because it made him think that he could write and direct Harlem Nights...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 7, 2004
Murphy's last enjoyable film before a long slump
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Good comedy romance. Murphy is sincere and the cameos from now-celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson are fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A screenplay that seems to have escaped its doctors before it was entirely well.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
One of Murphy's better outings, which admittedly isn't saying much.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's as entertaining as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Landis' last great comedy is a true Eddie Murphy-fest.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations.
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