Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

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

Universal acclaim- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 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 »
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    Bowfinger is very insightful in showing the inner workings of Hollywood. The movies is also very amusing and entertaining because of the clever cast. The movie hits all the right notes and it will tickle your
    funny bone.
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  3. Jul 14, 2014
    Bowfinger is a clever comedy with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. The movie is a satire of how Hollywood
    works and the screenplay was written
    by Martin. Bowfinger is one of the funniest movies I've seen
    and all the jokes are original. Bowfinger is a laugh out loud comedy.
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