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. The Distinguished Gentleman is an easy, breezy romp of a movie, a low comedy of highly entertaining order.
  2. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Murphy shows an easy versatility, going for guffaws one minute and pulling off a grinner the next. [04 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. While the result is inevitably middle of the road, it still manages to be the funniest picture Murphy has made in quite some time. [04 Dec 1992]
  5. 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]

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