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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Eddie Murphy is funny again. Sadly, he lacks the guts to follow through on the cathartic self-satire that gives the film its distinction. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Murphy is wonderful -- I wouldn't begrudge him an Oscar nomination -- but The Nutty Professor is a mess. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    But it does mine Murphy's gifts, and the payoff is both nutty and funny. Sometimes even touching, too. [28Jun1996 Pg.01.D] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    And the movie succeeds in two different ways: It's sweet and good-hearted, and then again it's raucous slapstick and bathroom humor. I liked both parts. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    This remake of Jerry Lewis's 1963 Jekyll and Hyde comedy is slackly directed and overloaded with flatulence jokes. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Nutty Professor aims for guffaws at the lowest level -- anyone with a double-digit IQ will get every joke. Whether you laugh at them or not is often more of a matter of taste than a question of having a sense of humor. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Not that The Nutty Professor should ever be confused with a good movie, but it is a perfect vehicle for the redisplay of Murphy's neglected talents, steering him away from the smug persona of his recent disasters and whisking him back to the cozy locale of his Saturday Night Live roots. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Be that as it may, the movie offers the uplifting news bulletin that life is not about being happy with how much you weigh but with what kind of person you are. This is where the movie starts getting sloppy. show more

  • 60
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Occasionally irritating farce but inventive and boasting an endearing as well as laugh-out-loud performance from Murphy in and out of fat suit. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Arguably better than the last five Eddie Murphy films taken together, The Nutty Professor still seems to be playing down to its audience much of the time, though you'd never know it to hear the gales of laughter erupting at the screening I attended. show more

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