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Trading Places Reviews

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Top Critic
Gary Arnold
Washington Post
November 23, 2015
Trading Places is a comedy of unavoidable fits and starts.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 3, 2013
This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
August 3, 2013
While the two-hour running time overstretches the material, there are plenty of laughs -- as well as sly digs at the racism and greed of the American establishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2013
Directed by John Landis with a surprising amount of class, though he lets some of his old Animal House' vulgarity slip ostentatiously into the action.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 3, 2013
It's all outrageously contrived, and only surprising restraint by director John Landis makes it work. The writing is superb, too, leaving the two funnymen free to do the most inspired textured portrayals either has managed in movies.
Alex Orner
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Edgy, bawdy '80s comedy not meant for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 6, 2010
...a fun-filled film all the way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2010
Preposterous lighthearted one-joke comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 2, 2009 of the most impressive comedies to emerge out of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2008
Fast-paced and energetic social satire fleshed out with lots of enjoyable silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 2, 2008
The Saturday Night Live veterans Murphy and Ackroyd are the show-stealers here in this decent family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 2, 2008
Trading Places also makes Eddie Murphy a force to be reckoned with.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 2, 2008
This 1983 film re-creates a screwball comedy format and then eliminates everything but the crudest audience-gratification elements; any incursions into the more morally complicated side of the genre are quickly curtailed.

TV Guide
April 2, 2008
The rise of Valentine and the fall of Winthorpe are a source of great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
April 2, 2008
Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
As a satire on the internecine savagery of fiscal doings under late Reaganite capitalism, the movie is not as biting as it thinks it is; but it's still the best hoot since Arthur.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Eddie Murphy stars in one of his greatest roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Because Eddie doesn't have to carry the whole movie, he is free to make every word that comes out of his mouth infinitely appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Clark
September 21, 2005
Hilarious chemistry between Aykroyd and Murphy.
| Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005
great fun
| Original Score: 4/5
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