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  • Summary: Sharing the same name as a popular, recently deceased congressman, a small-time con man wins a seat in congress.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. The Distinguished Gentleman is an easy, breezy romp of a movie, a low comedy of highly entertaining order.
  2. With a refreshing absence of earnestness, the movie mainly spins out many variations on a theme: Easy Street begins and ends on Capitol Hill. [03 Dec 1992]
  3. Murphy's comic brilliance is at the service of the story and he positively shines with a number of diverse and zany impersonations, most enjoyably a Jesse Jackson takeoff.
  4. The Distinguished Gentleman isn't - distinguished, that is - but it's a notable cut above Eddie Murphy's recent ventures. [04 Dec 1992]
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    The film is content to remain at the level of the mildly entertaining, with no real surprises and not much sass. [04 Dec 1992]
  6. The filmmakers treat all the characters, not to mention the audience, as sitcom puppets.
  7. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    10
    This Hollywood Pictures production (basically, a Walt Disney adult venture) culls every Capitol-corruption cliche in the book for the dullest 90 minutes Murphy has ever appeared in.

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