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 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. PatC.
    Jun 14, 2007
    The ease in which the hilarity oozes from this movie obscures its greater achievement, which is the deft way it presents its plot. It takes a broad spectrum of characters and plays them off each other in a merciless mix of outrageousness and serious restriant. This is textbook on how to tell a story. Top drawer comedy. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2014
    Trading Places is such a great movie i dont see how this is not rated higher here on listal. Its really one of the only watchable Wall Street movies as most of them are rather boring but this with its different take on it and making it a comedy was a nice change and it pays off. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy play off each other very well and their comedy was pure gold like when Aykroyd is on the train dressed as Santa eating the fish drunk as hell and Murphy when throwing away all the drugs and talking bad about them ends up taking a joint and smoking it later those two parts are just a few of many great moments in the movie. Jamie Lee Curtis as a hooker was funny and she did have a pretty great body back then also Paul Gleason again does a great job being a big A-hole he is like that in all his movies he is just too good at it. I think the best thing about this movie is that it all comes down to frozen orange juice its just so random.

    Overall i give it a 7.7 This is one of the movies i never get tired of watching its just that great of a movie
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  3. May 20, 2014
    Trading Places is a very successful comedy as well as a very successful drama rolled into one. The comparison between rich and poor and the way the movie portrays it is well-executed. Some moments feel a bit manufactured and manipulative, possibly even overwrought, but the pros outweigh the cons here. It is just high entertainment of the first degree, with great performances from Akroyd and Murphy and smooth transitions in the story. Full Review »