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½ February 2, 2018
A very entertaining and silly movie thanks in large part to Eddie Murphy. Its very harmless and never takes itself too seriously.
January 13, 2018
Pretty good funny Eddie Murphy cult movie.
November 9, 2017
This film - insignificant and lightweight and monumentally silly - is entertaining from beginning to end. Eddie is great! Read Roger Ebert's review.
January 6, 2017
this is one of my favorite Eddie murphy films me and my friend offten quote the film
December 22, 2016
Is it imperfect ? Yes.
Were parts of it re-shot on orders from the Studio to make it more like Cop I ? Yes.
Was it re-scored with an entire John Barry score being dumped during re-shoots and extensive re-editing ? Yes.
Was it late for its original release window because of this ? Yes, it was scheduled for a Christmas '85 release.
Is it still a good movie regardless of all of that ? Hell Yes !
December 8, 2016
Eddie Murphy was great to watch in this fantasy/comedy/thriller.
November 12, 2016
Awesome childhood film from the 80's
November 2, 2016
Typical Rotten Tomato critic review full of arrogant critics who believe that everyone really cares what they think. You know what they say about the crack of the behind and its relativity to opinions!
½ October 26, 2016
Eddie Murphy is doing all the work but he can't carry the film by himself. I loved the comedy, but I still hated the movie.
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½ July 29, 2016
Funny but sometimes dull, But still one of Eddies Murphys best, Just missed the comedy touch and its dark ish tone didn't work.
½ April 24, 2016
I wanted to like this film, I really did. But the few good scene in this (the ones where Chinese Mythology is actually played with) are outweighed by the rest of the movie, which is slow and uninteresting. The characters are pretty bland for the most part, and it's a shame. I saw a lot of potential in this movie, but Michael Ritchie and Paramount didn't even come close to utilizing that potential to the fullest. This movie is only partly charged, and is glitchy when the charge wears off.
March 18, 2016
It's kind of like Beverly Hills Cop 1.5 but it's a part of the classic Eddie Murphy Era when he was still hilarious. The special effects obviously seem dated now but let's be honest that's not why you watch this gem.
January 11, 2016
Very weird and funny movie. The throwback to the 80s is pretty awesome to see now.
December 16, 2015
The Golden Child is a strange mix between Beverly Hills Cop and Big Trouble in Little Tokyo. It fixed everything I hated about Beverly Hills Cop, but really had the potential to be one of the best 80s action comedies if it made its characters larger than life.
A LA cop who specializes in child disappearances is requested to save the recently kidnapped "golden child" in Tibet, who has been granted powers to save the world from the man who kidnapped him, a demon in disguise.
The Golden Child was actually really enjoyable. It was even pretty good, but not great and very easily forgettable. It blends Beverly Hills Cop with some slightly corny danger filled action sequences, testing Murphy more as a hero like protagonist. The story is decent, too, but here's where Golden Child could accel. The characters have the potential to be strong and a lot more compelling than they have been written. the character of the Golden Child himself is already compelling but could have much more to it, his powers are almost God-like and the writers had opportunities to test that in areas. The antagonist Sardo Numpsa is hardly chilling but has a mystical count-like feel to it. The essence that the character is a demon and could rival the Golden Child's powers is also not tested enough. The Golden Child could have so many uses for its characters but instead focuses on Murphy - which Eddie is classic Eddie, not much to say about him. The Golden Child fixed everything I already stated that I hate about the Beverly Hills Cop series, from a faster pace to humor that actually works and isn't just awkward. The Golden Child is good and entertaining, but it had the potential to be a lot more than just an Eddie Murphy box office dough guarantee.
½ December 7, 2015
The Golden Child is not "Golden" at all...more like silver plated. It does have some good parts with Eddie Murphy providing a few laughs but it's nothing special 2.5/5 or 5/10.
½ November 28, 2015
Another childhood favourite that hasn't survived the aging factor. The core story is still interesting and funny but it's all so straight-forward and the third act is very rushed and simple. But still, pitting Eddie Murphy against Charles Dance, it's like watching a hyena quick-talking to a lion, it was fun to watch.
½ October 30, 2015
Outside of Coming To America and the first Beverly Hills Cop, this is Murphy at his most charismatic. It's also a departure from his other balls-out or gritty comedies of the 80s. It's a's Eddie Murphy meets Ghostbusters. I always had and still have a soft spot for it.
October 14, 2015
In a temple in an unknown location in northeastern Nepal, a young boy with mystical abilities - the Golden Child - receives badges of station and demonstrates his power to the monks of the temple by reviving a dead eastern rosella, which becomes a constant companion. However, a band of villains led by a mysterious man, Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance), breaks into the hidden temple, slaughters the monks and abducts the boy. Some time afterwards, a young woman named Kee Nang (Charlotte Lewis) watches a Los Angeles TV show in which social worker Chandler Jarrell (Eddie Murphy) talks about his latest case, a missing girl named Cheryll Mosley. She seeks him out the next day and informs him of the kidnapping of the Golden Child and that he is the 'Chosen One' who would save the Child. Chandler does not take this seriously, even after the astral form of the Child and his bird familiar begin following him.
Soon Cheryll Mosley is found, dead from blood loss, near an abandoned house smeared with Tibetan graffiti and a pot full of blood-soaked oatmeal. Kee Nang reveals to him that this house was a holding place for the Child and introduces Chandler to Doctor Hong, a mystic expert, and Kala (a creature half dragon, half woman, who remains hidden behind a screen). The three track down a motorcycle gang, the Yellow Dragons, which Cheryll had joined, and Chinese restaurant owner Tommy Tong, a henchman of Numspa, to whom Cheryll had been 'sold' for her blood, used to make the Child vulnerable to earthly harm. Tong, however, is killed by Numspa as a potential traitor. Still not taking the case too seriously, Chandler is drawn by Numspa-whom Chandler begins to continuously call "Numsy"-into a controlled dream, where he receives a burn mark on his arm. Numspa also presents his demands: the Ajanti Dagger (a mystic weapon which is capable of killing the Golden Child) in exchange for the boy. Chandler finally agrees to help, and he and Kee Nang travel to Tibet to retrieve the Ajanti Dagger...

"The Golden Child" was originally intended as a serious adventure drama with Mel Gibson in the lead role. After Gibson turned the film down and Eddie Murphy replaced him, the script was rewritten as a partial comedy. Released in December 1986, The Golden Child was a box office success. It earned USD$79,817,937 in the U.S. alone, making it the eighth biggest film of the year. However, the film was considered a disappointment by the studio when compared to Murphy's previous film, Beverly Hills Cop, which garnered USD$234,760,478 at the US box office. Been ages since I saw "The Golden Child" and I was keen to resee it. Eddie Murphy was hot in the mid 80s after three massive hits at the box office, "48 Hrs", "Trading Places" and "Beverly Hills Cop". But, one can wonder why he chose to do this one as the set up and script doesnīt really fit him in my eyes. Maybe the problem was the rewrite from a serious adventure drama to an action adventure comedy. Itīs amongst his worst movies to be honest, both plot (it doesnīt really know what it wants to be) and production wise. Eddie Murphy is not at his best. I do like the lovely Charlotte Lewis, but she is handled in a weird way. And Charles Dance is never bad, even if he does look a bit lost here. The effects are hardly up to scratch when seeing it today, but most likely it was ok in 1986. It's pretty poor from a directorial perspective as well. No one seems to really have had the heart in the production. "The Golden Child" can be passed and it wonīt be missed.
August 8, 2015
This falls under the Gymkata genre.
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