Mr. Church Reviews

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September 21, 2017
The problem is that the character is so underwritten that Murphy has almost nothing to do other than look restrained and dignified.
September 22, 2016
It's repugnant for its dehumanizing view (however unintentionally so) of a black man, and repugnant for its emptying-out of one of the great black performers of the time into a sanitized symbol of acceptable blackness.
September 16, 2016
After helming this, an episode of Roots and Best Picture-winner Driving Miss Daisy, Beresford should be forced to join 'Subservient Cinematic Negroes Anonymous.'
September 16, 2016
Murphy's low-key but affecting performance is filled with loaded and loving glances. And the restraint becomes the 55-year-old star. If only the film were better.
September 15, 2016
Murphy is fine as the title character, although his performance consists mostly of suppressing all of his usual shtick. He certainly doesn't endow Mr. Church with any unexpected depths. But then neither does the script.
September 15, 2016
Somehow Murphy manages to lift his dignified, all-knowing servant character off the page, giving a meticulously composed performance in a vehicle that can't help but feel superficially repackaged.
August 30, 2018
This is the film is not only the comeback that Eddie Murphy needed but the comeback he deserved.
August 14, 2018
Certain frustrations aside, Mr. Church does make you feel and on several occasions brings a quiet sense of beauty in a life lived with love and a few heartwarming moments.
November 6, 2017
If you're in the mood for some soppy, sentimental stuff, give this film a try.
January 1, 2017
Man, this type of role is really out of pocket for Eddie Murphy. He isn't funny, and he isn't particularly interesting.
November 4, 2016
Despite the whiff of awards bait, Murphy, one of America's comic treasures, delivers a refined and dignified performance, but his character remains a phantasmagorical presence from the first frame to the last.
September 28, 2016
Very hokey and old-fashioned in its sensibilities, but Eddie Murphy's performance is excellent.
September 23, 2016
Murphy's understated portrayal is a highlight in an otherwise heavy-handed examination of the way in which troubled souls come together to form surrogate families.
September 22, 2016
"Mr. Church" serves up comfort food in an era when every food truck and most indie films offer more interesting fare.
September 19, 2016
Cliched drama has sad moments, drinking, stereotypes.
September 16, 2016
There are several things to like about a quiet drama like Mr. Church. But the thing that feels most notable about director Bruce Beresford's story of a young woman and her unique father figure is the presence of Eddie Murphy in the title role.
September 16, 2016
"Mr. Church" isn't big on surprises, transforming into tearjerker mode for the finale, but it does have Murphy. It just doesn't know what to do with him.
September 16, 2016
We waited four years for a new Eddie Murphy movie ... and this is what we got?
September 16, 2016
Those involved didn't just want to make any old tearjerker; they sought to squeeze their audience dry like a sponge.
September 15, 2016
Eddie Murphy gives a thoughtful, nuanced, sensitive performance in a film that suffers from a too-predictable script and suffers even more from very bad timing.
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