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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The Distinguished Gentleman isn't much of a movie - it's a mess, in fact. [04 Dec 1992] show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Despite Murphy's campaigning, Gentleman deserves a veto. [04 Dec 1992] show more

  • 70
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    With a refreshing absence of earnestness, the movie mainly spins out many variations on a theme: Easy Street begins and ends on Capitol Hill. [03 Dec 1992] show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Murphy's comic brilliance is at the service of the story and he positively shines with a number of diverse and zany impersonations, most enjoyably a Jesse Jackson takeoff. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Distinguished Gentleman prefers to give us measured laughs at a leisurely pace, and then it settles for the sellout upbeat ending. Ho hum. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    It has a few good laughs in it thanks to Murphy, but mainly depends for its appeal on an uncomfortable manipulation of racial stereotypes. [04 Dec 1992] show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    There's just not enough good material, however, to sustain the comic pace. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The film is content to remain at the level of the mildly entertaining, with no real surprises and not much sass. [04 Dec 1992] show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Distinguished Gentleman isn't - distinguished, that is - but it's a notable cut above Eddie Murphy's recent ventures. [04 Dec 1992] show more

  • 40
    Kim Newman Empire

    Murphy occasionally does uninterrupted seconds of shtick, but the film is stuffed with cheap sentiment (a kid with cancer), extraneous characters and embarrassing simplistic politics. show more

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