Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  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 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
    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 »