Eddie Murphy

Biography: A comedy wunderkind who launched his stand-up career at age 15 and landed a spot on Saturday Night Live four years later in 1980, Eddie Murphy has enjoyed a roller-coaster career with remarkable highs and lows. Audiences were treated to his comedic genius, including his hilarious characters (Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson, a disgruntled Gumby) and uncanny impressions during his four-year tenure on SNL. He also made an auspicious film debut during that time as a foul-mouthed criminal in the buddy flick 48 Hrs., which led to his first Golden Globe nod. Murphy followed that hit with the John Landis directed crowd-pleaser Trading Places, but it was nothing compared to his next film, the outrageous Beverly Hills Cop, which made the Brooklyn-born comic a megastar at age 23. But just as it seemed Murphy could do no wrong he stumbled with the critically lambasted The Golden Child and the disappointing Beverly Hills Cop II. They failed to capture Murphy's inspired comedy which was betterA comedy wunderkind who launched his stand-up career at age 15 and landed a spot on Saturday Night Live four years later in 1980, Eddie Murphy has enjoyed a roller-coaster career with remarkable highs and lows. Audiences were treated to his comedic genius, including his hilarious characters (Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson, a disgruntled Gumby) and uncanny impressions during his four-year tenure on SNL. He also made an auspicious film debut during that time as a foul-mouthed criminal in the buddy flick 48 Hrs., which led to his first Golden Globe nod. Murphy followed that hit with the John Landis directed crowd-pleaser Trading Places, but it was nothing compared to his next film, the outrageous Beverly Hills Cop, which made the Brooklyn-born comic a megastar at age 23. But just as it seemed Murphy could do no wrong he stumbled with the critically lambasted The Golden Child and the disappointing Beverly Hills Cop II. They failed to capture Murphy's inspired comedy which was better showcased in his appropriately titled Raw concert film of 1987. In an attempt to soften his image and deliver a commercial success, Murray reteamed with Landis for the 1988 comedy Coming to America and was rewarded with a box-office hit. But the next year in an egotistical frenzy, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in the bomb Harlem Nights opposite his longtime hero, Richard Pryor. In the early 1990s, Murphy's career continued to fizzle with inferior retreads (Another 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop III) and insipid comedies (Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn). But in a stroke of genius he resuscitated his career in 1996 by starring in the family-friendly The Nutty Professor, which showcased his chameleon-like skills to portray multiple characters. Over the next several years the once king of profane comedy, despite a bizarre 1997 incident in which Murphy picked up a transsexual prostitute who was arrested in his car, managed to transform himself into the go-to guy for family laughs with the smash Shrek movies and a host of mostly PG-rated fare. There were occasional bombs (The Adventures of Pluto Nash being the most notorious) but Murphy survived them and his biggest triumph was still to come. He won a Golden Globe and received a much-deserved Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in the 2006 musical Dreamgirls. Unfortunately, he didn't take home the hardware and his subsequent film appearances were lackluster. Murphy's private life also hit hard times with a 2005 divorce, a 2007 paternity suit by Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown in which she accurately claimed that Murphy was her daughter's father, and a two-week, never legalized, marriage to Tracey Edmonds in 2008. In 2010, the fourth Shrek film appeared and put Eddie Murphy back in the money. Expand

Eddie Murphy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 48
Highest Metascore: 84 Shrek
Lowest Metascore: 12 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 39
  2. Negative: 15 out of 39
39 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Coming 2 America Dec 18, 2020 Characters / Principal Cast / Akeem tbd
76 Dolemite Is My Name Oct 4, 2019 Producer / Rudy / Rudy Ray Moore 7.5
37 Mr. Church Sep 16, 2016 Henry Church 7.4
26 A Thousand Words Mar 9, 2012 Principal Cast / Principal Cast tbd
59 Tower Heist Nov 4, 2011 Producer / Producer / Slide / Slide tbd
58 Shrek Forever After May 21, 2010 Donkey 6.6
54 Imagine That Jun 12, 2009 Evan Danielson 5.6
43 Meet Dave Jul 11, 2008 Dave Ming Cheng/The Captain / Dave Ming Cheng/The Captain tbd
58 Shrek the Third May 18, 2007 Donkey 6.4
27 Norbit Feb 9, 2007 Producer / Screenplay / Story / Norbit/Rasputia/Mr. Wong 4.4
76 Dreamgirls Dec 15, 2006 James 'Thunder' Early / James 'Thunder' Early tbd
75 Shrek 2 May 19, 2004 Donkey 8.7
34 The Haunted Mansion Nov 26, 2003 Jim Evers 5.7
39 Daddy Day Care May 9, 2003 Charlie Hinton 5.6
35 I Spy Nov 1, 2002 Kelly 3.2
12 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Aug 16, 2002 Pluto Nash / Pluto Nash 5.4
32 Showtime Mar 15, 2002 Officer Trey Sellars / Officer Trey Sellars tbd
49 Dr. Dolittle 2 Jun 22, 2001 Dr. John Dolittle 5.9
84 Shrek May 18, 2001 Donkey 8.8
38 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Jul 28, 2000 Executive Producer / Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Granny Klump/Mama Klump/Papa Klump/Young Papa Klump/Ernie Klump/Lance Perkins 5.8
71 Bowfinger Aug 13, 1999 Kit Ramsey/Jefferson 'Jiff' Ramsey 8.8
63 Life Apr 16, 1999 Producer / Rayford Gibson 9.0
41 Holy Man Oct 9, 1998 G 5.5
46 Dr. Dolittle Jun 26, 1998 Dr. John Dolittle 7.0
71 Mulan Jun 19, 1998 Mushu / Mushu 7.7
62 The Nutty Professor Jun 28, 1996 Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Papa Klump/Mama Klump/Grandma Klump/Ernie Klump / Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Papa Klump/Mama Klump/Grandma Klump/Ernie Klump 7.4
27 Vampire in Brooklyn Oct 27, 1995 Producer / Story / Maximillian/Preacher Pauly/Guido 8.0
16 Beverly Hills Cop III May 25, 1994 Det. Axel Foley / Det. Axel Foley 6.9
45 The Distinguished Gentleman Dec 4, 1992 Thomas Jefferson Johnson 7.4
45 Boomerang Jul 1, 1992 Story / Story / Marcus / Marcus tbd

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