Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 17 out of 26
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  1. 25
    It's crass, cruel, and borderline offensive, but the laughs that could redeem all of that are missing. Material as bad as the tripe that comprises Norbit can be endured only if there's a payoff. In this case, the point seems to be that some actors will do anything for a buck.
  2. 25
    While there are some scattered laughs, the flimsy and nonsensical script - combined with the sledgehammer direction by Brian Robbins, make the similarly themed "Big Momma's House" look like Noel Coward.
  3. Murphy speaks in a breathy lisp, as if his mouth had been partially buttoned shut, and he doesn't give himself the nerd's traditional redeeming feature of a geeky, slide-rule intellect. Norbit, all frozen gawk, is just a very dim bulb.
  4. It's hard to know who is the intended audience for this misguided mess.
  5. 38
    The only recommendable thing about Norbit is that he's not as bad as every other person in this movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    25
    Mean-spirited and depressing, this horror movie in comedy disguise delights in the twin spectacles of morbid obesity and domestic abuse, of which children are often the target.
  7. Much of the movie -- which Murphy wrote with a small posse of collaborators -- is taken up with the torturously dull, not to mention unbelievable, romance between Norbit and Kate (a disappointingly lackluster Newton) and the tedious agenda of Cuba Gooding Jr. as a schemer-manipulator.
  8. 0
    There's enough material here to add another hour to Spike Lee's "reel of shame" in "Bamboozled," but hideously offensive black stereotypes are merely the tip of the iceberg.
  9. 30
    This dismal comedy joins a growing pile of Murphy disasters.
  10. Norbit is pretty much a bad-taste sinkhole.
  11. It's recidivist Murphy: bad-skit comedy populated by caricatures in search of a movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    Murphy's story lacks even the basic form that held most of "The Nutty Professor" together.
  13. 0
    Compared to Norbit, “Date Movie” is "Casablanca." If I thought hijacking a plane carrying prints of the film and crashing it into Murphy’s house would put a stop to it, I’d go out and buy a box cutter right now.
  14. Racially insensitive, politically incorrect and beyond crude.
  15. Reviewed by: Tony Horkins
    20
    Stereotype-based comedy from Eddie Murphy in a variety of fat suits is just not enough to make a decent film.
  16. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    20
    Murphy and his brother Charlie, who collaborated on the screenplay, seem to have drawn the wrong lesson from the latter's stint on "Chappelle's Show." Where Dave Chappelle used stereotypes to confront prejudice, the Murphys (and their co-screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn) merely squeeze a few grudging drops from caricatures that were wrung dry in the age of vaudeville.
  17. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    10
    It's an astonishingly crass and vulgar film, crudely directed on a cut-rate budget by Brian Robbins, never more than almost funny or less than disturbing.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 37
  2. Negative: 20 out of 37
  1. LOL
    Jun 21, 2007
    10
    haha haters. are you guys giving this movie low scores because you look like Rasputia and it hit a little close to home? don't get haha haters. are you guys giving this movie low scores because you look like Rasputia and it hit a little close to home? don't get butthurt - it isn't the funniest movie around, but it surely doesn't deserve this low a score Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    9
    where is number 2? I love this movie and it is 100% funny. I would love a number 2. You people who rated bad dont know a good movie even if itwhere is number 2? I love this movie and it is 100% funny. I would love a number 2. You people who rated bad dont know a good movie even if it hit you in the face. Please make norbit 2!!!!!!!1 Full Review »
  3. AndrewE.
    Jun 13, 2007
    7
    Even if a lot of people basically think this movie is Eddie Murphy at it's worst. I personally think this movie is really well done. The Even if a lot of people basically think this movie is Eddie Murphy at it's worst. I personally think this movie is really well done. The jokes were sometimes funny, and most importantly. Eddie did very well of being three actors, especially Mr Wong. He looked so different from Eddie, I never thought it was him. I give it a 7. Full Review »