Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Perhaps the funniest movie for grownups so far this year.
  2. Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
  3. A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
  4. Disciplined script -- bitingly funny.
  5. Reviewed by: M. Meghan McCarthy
    95
    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. Smoothly directed and acted with glee... showing quick-witted comic spirit.
  8. 90
    A terrifically clever film; has a soft-boilded heart.
  9. 90
    Inspired funny business that allows Martin to hilariously torpedo Hollywood's corrupt heart.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are both in peak form.
  11. 88
    One of those comedies where everything works.
  12. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    88
    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. Has it's share of downtime.
  15. Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    80
    A good-natured farce. It's also really, really funny.
  16. Reviewed by: Elanore Snow
    76
    Savy script... terrific performances... [yet] the movie's herky jerky pacing may leave you wanting.
  17. Priceless enough to flush "Metro," "Dr. Dolittle" and "Holy Man" from memory.
  18. One of the best and funniest things that Martin, as writer and actor, has ever done.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
  20. Bowfinger's terrific set-pieces... more than make up for the odd weak moment or thin performance.
  21. One of the reasons the move is so funny is that it is only a few degrees away from real life.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    So lunatic that it creates as much puzzled disbelief as it does carefree delight.
  23. Amiable bundle of broad, easy laughs rather than bitingly fierce satire.
  24. 63
    Certainly pleasant, but it's also a bit safe.
  25. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Just enough laughs to keep you watching.
  26. 60
    Lacks emotional depth and intellectual sincerity.
  27. 50
    Never hits a note of high hilarity.
  28. Bowfinger is mediocre . . . can be irksome, tedious, and hard to sit through.
  29. Reviewed by: Hinson
    50
    With the exception of Murphy . . . the rest of the cast Oz has assembled acquit themselves only adequately or worse.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    8
    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,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 »
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    Bowfinger is a hilarious comedy with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. The movie is a satire of the
    movie industry and is a very underrated
    Bowfinger is a hilarious comedy with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. The movie is a satire of the
    movie industry and is a very underrated comedy. Martin and Murphy are brilliant together, they
    should make more comedies together, A+.
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  3. Jan 17, 2013
    8
    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 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 »