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  • Summary: A very wealthy and pampered African prince comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion, he quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies - and lots of trouble. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. 100
    Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully. Coming To America remains his most personal work and a great argument that a movie can be decent and wholesome despite having enough profanity to make Bill Cosby lose sleep. A perfect argument for Eddie Murphy as decent guy even without the fame and fortune. Not that he's planning on giving it back though.
  2. 88
    It's a sweet, oft-told story, and Murphy and Hall add a number of very sharp supporting roles-hidden by makeup-to add spice to the general level of gentleness. [1 Jul 1988, p.A]
  3. Eddie Murphy's latest picture, Coming to America, is a harmless, fairly amusing comedy that will delight Eddie Murphy fans and keep everyone else mildly entertained. [30 Jun 1988, p.E1]
  4. 60
    Coming to America isn't as aggressively awful as the "Cop" films or "The Golden Child," but at least in those films there was something to react to. In making Coming to America, Murphy seems to have set his sights on the lowest prize imaginable. He aspires to blandness.
  5. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    60
    The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden.
  6. Reviewed by: Donna Brit
    50
    There are some laughs, Murphy is appealing and the ancient theme of love conquering all is beguiling. But America's mean-spiritedness lingers after its pastel-pretty ending.
  7. In past celluloid lives Eddie Murphy has been responsible for a handful of the most popular movies ever made, which explains why he has been able to bring Coming to America to your neighborhood theatre with its misogyny, technical ineptitude and witlessness intact.

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  1. deeznuts
    Aug 19, 2007
    10
    The critics are wrong, this movie was GREAT. So many classic lines and absolutely hilarious, Eddie Murphy's best.
  2. Apr 23, 2013
    8
    A decent 80's Comedy that has taken me a while to see and I'm not sure why as I do love a good Eddie Murphy flick. He's had better but itsA decent 80's Comedy that has taken me a while to see and I'm not sure why as I do love a good Eddie Murphy flick. He's had better but its nice to see some of his earlier work. It has some good laughs thanks to Eddie & Arsenio Hall mostly but the cast as a whole were very funny. Story is a little predictable but still quite funny and it showed what was to come for characters like The Klumps that Eddie would play in the future. Overall a good film and a must-see for Eddie fans! Expand
  3. VincentV.
    Jul 17, 2008
    8
    The movie's story isn't that original, but Eddie Murphy delivers a good job and the most jokes are quite funny.
  4. Jan 17, 2014
    7
    Hilarious. Easily my favorite Eddie Murphy of the 80's. The vast majority of the jokes work out pretty well as this one is enjoyable fromHilarious. Easily my favorite Eddie Murphy of the 80's. The vast majority of the jokes work out pretty well as this one is enjoyable from beginning to end. Not sure how the critics did not love this one or how they can call this a romantic comedy. Yes, there is a romantic element, but it doesn't make it a romantic comedy. Really funny movie right here. Expand

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