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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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  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. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Uneven but occasionally quite funny political satire.
  5. The Distinguished Gentleman isn't - distinguished, that is - but it's a notable cut above Eddie Murphy's recent ventures. [04 Dec 1992]
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    Murphy occasionally does uninterrupted seconds of shtick, but the film is stuffed with cheap sentiment (a kid with cancer), extraneous characters and embarrassing simplistic politics.
  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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