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. 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. 83
    Offers a lot of laughs, a heartwarming core.
  5. Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
  6. One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are both in peak form.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Perhaps the funniest movie for grownups so far this year.
  9. Smoothly directed and acted with glee... showing quick-witted comic spirit.
  10. 90
    A terrifically clever film; has a soft-boilded heart.
  11. A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
  12. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    88
    As close to a perfect piece of satire as filmmakers have seen in quite some time.
  13. Reviewed by: M. Meghan McCarthy
    95
    One of the funniest films of the year... enough laugh-out-loud moments.
User Score
7.0

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
    3
    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
    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. story. Full Review »
  3. 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, script and execution. Frank Oz has made some really special movies. Bowfinger is one of his best. Full Review »