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  • Summary: Eddie Murphy stars as G, an outrageous, self-styled inspirational guru with a knack for showing up where he isn't exactly wanted.  (Buena Vista Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    It's harmless fun, but it underutilizes Murphy, who's largely reduced to doing virtuoso variations on his iconic smile.
  2. 70
    A pleasant piece of commercial filmmaking, but as a satirical comedy, it's devoid of laughs and insight.
  3. 60
    What's most disturbing about this ineptly scripted, utterly implausible (and at the same time curiously likable) comedy of sin and redemption in TV's home-shopping universe is how close a committed cast and a talented director (Stephen Herek, late of Mr. Holland's Opus) come to pulling it off, to making us feel good about the 110 minutes or so we've just pissed away.
  4. Holy Man sure isn't raucous; instead, in the main, it's just quietly unamusing.
  5. 40
    The movie's tone fluctuates wildly, suggesting that no one was exactly sure what kind of movie they were making.
  6. What a waste of a great comedian. What demented casting.
  7. All the advance signs looked discouraging, but I still kept thinking: How bad could a comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum really be? Well, let's put it this way … you won't ever hear me asking that particular question again.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Nov 16, 2010
    This is not a very good movie. I saw it in the theaters when it originally came out in 1998. I made a mistake and picked this movie over Antz because I thought a comedy with Eddie Murphy had to offer a few laughs. The movie also seemed to have potential. It is a comedy about a soulless home shopping network executive who hires a guru to help boost his image and sales. In reality, it is a boring movie filled with Jeff Goldblum monologues. Seriously, a lot of the movie is filled with close ups of him reading his script in a monotone voice. This movie is a prime exhibit of how horrible of an actor Jeff Goldblum is. He was unconvincing. He also had no chemistry with his love interest. The only reason this movie rates a 2 instead of a 0 or a 1 is Eddie Murphy. Some of the scenes with Eddie Murphy were funny. The problem was he was not the prime focus of the movie. The movie centered on Jeff Goldblum who simply is not a good actor. The movie might have been a little better with a different actor, but it still wouldnâ Expand