Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
  2. A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
  3. Disciplined script -- bitingly funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Perhaps the funniest movie for grownups so far this year.
  5. Reviewed by: M. Meghan McCarthy
    One of the funniest films of the year... enough laugh-out-loud moments.
  6. One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
  7. 90
    A terrifically clever film; has a soft-boilded heart.
  8. 90
    Inspired funny business that allows Martin to hilariously torpedo Hollywood's corrupt heart.
  9. Smoothly directed and acted with glee... showing quick-witted comic spirit.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are both in peak form.
  11. 88
    One of those comedies where everything works.
  12. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    As close to a perfect piece of satire as filmmakers have seen in quite some time.
  13. 83
    Offers a lot of laughs, a heartwarming core.
  14. Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    A good-natured farce. It's also really, really funny.
  15. Has it's share of downtime.
  16. Reviewed by: Elanore Snow
    Savy script... terrific performances... [yet] the movie's herky jerky pacing may leave you wanting.
  17. One of the best and funniest things that Martin, as writer and actor, has ever done.
  18. One of the reasons the move is so funny is that it is only a few degrees away from real life.
  19. Bowfinger's terrific set-pieces... more than make up for the odd weak moment or thin performance.
  20. Priceless enough to flush "Metro," "Dr. Dolittle" and "Holy Man" from memory.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    So lunatic that it creates as much puzzled disbelief as it does carefree delight.
  23. 63
    Certainly pleasant, but it's also a bit safe.
  24. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Just enough laughs to keep you watching.
  25. Amiable bundle of broad, easy laughs rather than bitingly fierce satire.
  26. 60
    Lacks emotional depth and intellectual sincerity.
  27. Bowfinger is mediocre . . . can be irksome, tedious, and hard to sit through.
  28. 50
    Feels soft without being especially affectionate, and only sporadically funny.
  29. 50
    Just enough laughs to keep you from feeling blatantly shortchanged.
  30. 50
    Never hits a note of high hilarity.
  31. Reviewed by: Hinson
    With the exception of Murphy . . . the rest of the cast Oz has assembled acquit themselves only adequately or worse.
  32. 40
    Mechanical plot that seems dull even before it laboriously clanks and screeches into motion.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    At some point Eddie Murphy decided that playing just one role in a movie wasn't enough for him and not once has his multiple performances ever lead to an even remotely funny film. Add into the mix Steve Martin, who's last decent film was probably Father of the Bride (1991), and you are left with a 97 minute movie that has arguably two or three funny moments throughout its entire running time. The fact that is has garnered mostly positive reviews still baffles me. Full Review »
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    A marvelous comedy. It was sooo funny just edgy and fun right up to a point it was really good. One of Steve Martins Best movies along with L. A. story. Full Review »
  3. Aug 16, 2011
    A near-perfect comedy that could only bit a little funnier but still contains some of the funniest moments in comedy films. Great idea, cast, script and execution. Frank Oz has made some really special movies. Bowfinger is one of his best. Full Review »