Coming to America

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 73
  2. Negative: 2 out of 73

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  1. Aug 25, 2016
    10
    One of the better comedies to come out of the 80s, it is a bit crude due to its age but the characters are simply unforgettable from the stars to the supporting cast. When you can remember supporting characters clearly, you know that a movie did something right though it does not hurt to have people like James Earl Jones playing a comedic supporting cast in your movie. From the sluttyOne of the better comedies to come out of the 80s, it is a bit crude due to its age but the characters are simply unforgettable from the stars to the supporting cast. When you can remember supporting characters clearly, you know that a movie did something right though it does not hurt to have people like James Earl Jones playing a comedic supporting cast in your movie. From the slutty sister, to the yukky hair family and the barbers, all the characters made an impact despite very limited screen time. This is very hard to do in a 2 hour movie and although its cheesy, I actually thought that the love interest is believable making the movie better than one might expect. In my opinion, this movie is probably Eddie Murphy's best comedic performance. Hint, you should watch this movie after Trading Places since it makes a funny reference to the other movie Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2016
    6
    Coming to America easily kills the playground of laughter by actually a few minutes of laughter and then silence just randomly pops out of nowhere from all the laughing. This 'comedy' needs a little bit of improving, but works great as just a plain movie.
  3. Oct 20, 2015
    8
    One of the better comedies to come out of the 80s, it is a bit crude due to its age but the characters are simply unforgettable from the stars to the supporting cast. When you can remember supporting characters clearly, you know that a movie did something right though it does not hurt to have people like James Earl Jones playing a comedic supporting cast in your movie. From the sluttyOne of the better comedies to come out of the 80s, it is a bit crude due to its age but the characters are simply unforgettable from the stars to the supporting cast. When you can remember supporting characters clearly, you know that a movie did something right though it does not hurt to have people like James Earl Jones playing a comedic supporting cast in your movie. From the slutty sister, to the yukky hair family and the barbers, all the characters made an impact despite very limited screen time. This is very hard to do in a 2 hour movie and although its cheesy, I actually thought that the love interest is believable making the movie better than one might expect. In my opinion, this movie is probably Eddie Murphy's best comedic performance. Hint, you should watch this movie after Trading Places since it makes a funny reference to the other movie. Expand
  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 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.
  5. 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 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 TheA 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
  6. 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.
  7. deeznuts
    Aug 19, 2007
    10
    The critics are wrong, this movie was GREAT. So many classic lines and absolutely hilarious, Eddie Murphy's best.
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Though Coming to America is a romantic comedy the director steers the film more often toward quick, in-and-out comic situations and gags that are only mildly funny. In part this is due to the fact that Mr. Murphy plays the prince with cheerful, low-keyed innocence that is completely legitimate, but is not supported by the short attention span of the screenplay. The romance is tepid.
  3. 60
    The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden.