Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21

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  1. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    It's last in laughs, last in drama but first in Murphy ego, as he gives a performance that everybody has seen before, only louder. [04 Dec 1992]
  2. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Edward Guthmann
    The Distinguished Gentleman isn't much of a movie - it's a mess, in fact. [04 Dec 1992]
  3. 20
    Unfortunately, the film rests heavily on the shoulders of Murphy, who seems to wander aimlessly from scene to scene, searching for a laugh. The joke's on him, though: There are none.
  4. 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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