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Norbit Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
March 8, 2007
Even if you go back decades, body fascism has rarely been so brazen, or so unfunny. Horrifying.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 20, 2007
It's offensively bad.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 17, 2007
When Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry play gals with sky-high BMI, at least their characters offer -- and are shown -- a certain amount of love and respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 10, 2007
Norbit takes the idea behind The Nutty Professor 2 -- that Eddie Murphy can play just about every character in the movie -- and strips it of all charm and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 9, 2007
There are so many problems with Norbit that when you try to pin one down, another one splooges out elsewhere.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 9, 2007
Think Big Momma's House blended with a particularly loathsome Jerry Lewis movie, and you've got the picture. Grimacing yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 9, 2007
Norbit is as fleeting as a belch -- and even less funny.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2007
Norbit is a tour de force in which Murphy plays three distinct characters, two of them to the hilt. In fact, the only thing that makes Norbit good rather than great is that the title character is a bit bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 9, 2007
The question is not whether Murphy can do anything. He can. The question is why he would want to make a movie as squirmingly unfunny as Norbit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 9, 2007
Eddie Murphy plays three roles in his latest Nutty Professor clone, titled Norbit. And Eddie Griffin still steals his movie from him.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 9, 2007
Watching Norbit is like watching a train wreck with eye clamps on.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 9, 2007
Norbit is another crude, sloppy paycheck job for an actor who doesn't need the money -- and who proved in Dreamgirls that he is capable of far better.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 9, 2007
A quick paycheck may sound like a good idea when you're a creatively tapped comedian making trash like Daddy Day Care. But when you're a suddenly serious comeback kid aiming for an Oscar?
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 9, 2007
Although there's no denying the threadbare nature of the script, watching Murphy riff can be a formidable entertainment on its own.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 9, 2007
Murphy looks like he's in pain, and he probably is -- latex cellulite can't be fun to wear -- but his anguish is as much existential as physical, trapped inside a lumbering vehicle that offers a morbidly obese harpy as the main comic attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 9, 2007
Norbit is pretty much a bad-taste sinkhole, with Murphy competing against himself to see which of his three characters he can make more grating.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 9, 2007
Norbit may be the most disturbing, morally repugnant, nightmare-inducing film of the century so far.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 9, 2007
After taking in double helpings of Tyler Perry and Martin Lawrence doing the same shtick in the Madea movies and Big Momma's House, isn't it time for us to just say no to Norbit?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 9, 2007
This borderline-PG-13 comedy demands the sort of sociological scrutiny that often has the moviegoer looking for a fun night out rolling her eyes. And granting Norbit consideration feels like swinging a sledgehammer at a microbe.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 9, 2007
The movie seems a weird nightmare of rampaging femininity and gross gags.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2007
There is potential all over this film, but every scene is overwrought with unfunny caricatures and tired jokes. We've seen every gimmick and sight gag before, in better, funnier films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 9, 2007
Dumb and coarse and sometimes boring and a little bit sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 9, 2007
It's not hard to detect this creature [Rasputia] as the object of something like pure hate by four male screenwriters. Comedy like this isn't pretty.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 9, 2007
Too many of the gags in the sloppy comedy Norbit are lumbering and graceless, more fun to anticipate than to witness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2007
Surely some humanitarian organization will recognize the selflessness with which Murphy has taken three of the movie's major roles, thus saving two other actors from a nasty black mark on their résumés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 8, 2007
It probably isn't possible for a single movie to reverse all social progress made since the civil-rights era, but Norbit, the latest broadside from Eddie Murphy, does its best to turn back the clock.
Read More | Original Score: F
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2007
Puerile comedy vehicle is a backward step for its star.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 8, 2007
What seemed an inventive and engaging stretch of Murphy's comedic resources 11 years ago has congealed into predictable, processed fare. The prefabricated naughtiness of Norbit is guaranteed to drag the laughs out of you whether you like it or not.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 8, 2007
This gross comedy hardly seems like the best way to exploit Murphy's talents.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 8, 2007
Norbit isn't one of Murphy's best; it's a poor cousin to his other family comedies, and as Rasputia, whose catchphrase is a brassy "how you doin'?," he's surprisingly unfunny.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 8, 2007
Norbit demonstrates that even when working with low-grade material, Murphy can be a superb actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2007
This dismal comedy joins a growing pile of Murphy disasters (The Haunted Mansion, Daddy Day Care, I Spy, The Adventures of Pluto Nash), which may have made his Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls a foregone conclusion -- if not now, when?
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 8, 2007
Hopefully the awards and acclaim Murphy has received for his work in Dreamgirls will inspire him to think twice from now on about puerile pictures like Norbit. The combination of the two speaks to his versatility, if not his pride.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 7, 2007
In Norbit, Eddie Murphy is like a xylophone player who keeps banging away on the same two discordant notes; unfortunately, those monotonous, off-key tones are the characters he's playing.
Full Review | Original Score: D