Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 88
    But what's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's easily the best of the movies I've seen by the various "Saturday Night Live" alumni, and part of the reason it's funny and satisfying is that it doesn't strain. [09 Jun 1983]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Saturday Night Live activist Murphy, capitalising on the promise he showed in "48 Hrs.," steals the show as the quick-witted Billy Ray Valentine in what is certainly more mainstream fare than the earlier SNL staffed capers.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    [Murphy] makes Trading Places something more than a good-hearted comedy. He turns it into an event.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
  6. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    Although it tends to rely heavily on slapstick in the second half, the movie provides plenty of laughs and is one of director Landis's best efforts.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Fraser
    Trading Places, which is wildly funny at times, is Murphy's film. [10 Jun 1983]
  8. Directed by John Landis with a surprising amount of class, though he lets some of his old ''Animal House'' vulgarity slip ostentatiously into the action.
  9. 30
    Director John Landis is so deficient in basic storytelling skills that he must spend hours explicating the most elementary plot points while and Murphy are sidelined.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 2, 2013
    This comedy succeeds where most comedies fail; it has a plot while also providing laughs. Its sole purpose was to not just provide cheap laughs, but to also tell a story. Murphy and Aykroyd were both good in their roles and overall, I enjoyed this movie a lot. Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2011
    Many of the jokes fail and those that are funny are played out far too long. Nothing is done to make the "wrongfully accused" cliche more believable. There are a couple great scenes, and Aykroyd and Murphy both try hard, but their characters almost never interact with each other. Wasted potential. Full Review »