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. 50
    Just enough laughs to keep you from feeling blatantly shortchanged.
  2. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    88
    As close to a perfect piece of satire as filmmakers have seen in quite some time.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Just enough laughs to keep you watching.
  4. Amiable bundle of broad, easy laughs rather than bitingly fierce satire.
  5. 88
    One of those comedies where everything works.
  6. One of the best and funniest things that Martin, as writer and actor, has ever done.
  7. Bowfinger is mediocre . . . can be irksome, tedious, and hard to sit through.
  8. Reviewed by: Hinson
    50
    With the exception of Murphy . . . the rest of the cast Oz has assembled acquit themselves only adequately or worse.
  9. Disciplined script -- bitingly funny.
  10. Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    80
    A good-natured farce. It's also really, really funny.
  11. 90
    A terrifically clever film; has a soft-boilded heart.
  12. Has it's share of downtime.
  13. 63
    Certainly pleasant, but it's also a bit safe.
  14. Reviewed by: Elanore Snow
    76
    Savy script... terrific performances... [yet] the movie's herky jerky pacing may leave you wanting.
  15. One of the reasons the move is so funny is that it is only a few degrees away from real life.
  16. Bowfinger's terrific set-pieces... more than make up for the odd weak moment or thin performance.
  17. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are both in peak form.
  18. Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
  19. 83
    Offers a lot of laughs, a heartwarming core.
  20. 90
    Inspired funny business that allows Martin to hilariously torpedo Hollywood's corrupt heart.
  21. 40
    Mechanical plot that seems dull even before it laboriously clanks and screeches into motion.
  22. A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
  23. Priceless enough to flush "Metro," "Dr. Dolittle" and "Holy Man" from memory.
  24. One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
  25. Smoothly directed and acted with glee... showing quick-witted comic spirit.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Perhaps the funniest movie for grownups so far this year.
  27. Reviewed by: M. Meghan McCarthy
    95
    One of the funniest films of the year... enough laugh-out-loud moments.
  28. 50
    Feels soft without being especially affectionate, and only sporadically funny.
  29. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
  30. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    So lunatic that it creates as much puzzled disbelief as it does carefree delight.
  31. 50
    Never hits a note of high hilarity.
  32. 60
    Lacks emotional depth and intellectual sincerity.
User Score
8.7

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
    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 »
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    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
    10
    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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