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Holy Man Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This screenplay was in no shape to be filmed; perhaps the filmmakers assumed that the mere presence of Eddie Murphy would repair its wrongs and give them a big opening weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
While Murphy probably has what it takes to make the comedian-to-serious actor transition, he needs to do what Martin, Williams, and Carrey did: hold out for a good script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Catherine Scroop
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
The script has many glaring flaws, chiefly, that it never explains why G's inspirational speeches about steering clear of materialism and useless products actually sell the things in question.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Holy Man saddles its star with a leaden, melodramatic script that never allows the high jinks to get rolling at Murphy's hyperkinetic pace.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 1, 2002
Eddie Murphy still can't pick scripts worth a damn. It's not the worst movie he ever made, but that comes as small comfort when you're suffering through it.
| Original Score: 1/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Nothing in this film works except for an occasionally frantic funny line reading from Goldblum and maybe a couple of the products being sold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
I love movies. I'd rather watch movies than do almost anything else. So if I write that I walked out on a movie, what could be a more clear statement?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The shallowness and lack of perspective of the story keeps everyone from delivering anything more than a mundane, mildly amusing comedy.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 16, 2009
A thought-provoking but uneven comedy.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
About halfway through Holy Man the terrible reality sets in: Oh, no, they mean for us to take this seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Leonard Klady
Variety
July 1, 2009
The material lacks a biting edge.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
It's always watchable, sometimes enjoyable, never special.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
[Murphy] is the only thing that isn't deadeningly predictable here, but it might still be worth the price of a ticket to see him continue to have such fun being a movie star.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
Eddie Murphy's downhill decline
| Original Score: 2/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 11, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Shulman's script and Hereck's direction are full of the right intentions, morally and humanistically. But sadly not cinematically.
Richard Luck
Film4
July 21, 2009
Leaves you wondering whether there really is a God.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
There's precious little comedy here in this tired romantic comedy set amid a television-age satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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