Norbit Reviews

  • In Norbit, Eddie Murphy is like a xylophone player who keeps banging away on the same two discordant notes; unfortunately, those monotonous, off-key tones are the characters he's playing.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Too many of the gags in the sloppy comedy Norbit are lumbering and graceless, more fun to anticipate than to witness.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Murphy has a deplorable joke concerning a lost policeman's whistle for which there is no excuse whatever - other than it's very funny.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Norbit isn't one of Murphy's best; it's a poor cousin to his other family comedies, and as Rasputia, whose catchphrase is a brassy "how you doin'?," he's surprisingly unfunny.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Dumb and coarse and sometimes boring and a little bit sad.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • A quick paycheck may sound like a good idea when you're a creatively tapped comedian making trash like Daddy Day Care. But when you're a suddenly serious comeback kid aiming for an Oscar?

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Murphy looks like he's in pain, and he probably is -- latex cellulite can't be fun to wear -- but his anguish is as much existential as physical, trapped inside a lumbering vehicle that offers a morbidly obese harpy as the main comic attraction.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • This borderline-PG-13 comedy demands the sort of sociological scrutiny that often has the moviegoer looking for a fun night out rolling her eyes. And granting Norbit consideration feels like swinging a sledgehammer at a microbe.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • There is potential all over this film, but every scene is overwrought with unfunny caricatures and tired jokes. We've seen every gimmick and sight gag before, in better, funnier films.

    Teresa Budasi — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The movie seems a weird nightmare of rampaging femininity and gross gags.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • This dismal comedy joins a growing pile of Murphy disasters (The Haunted Mansion, Daddy Day Care, I Spy, The Adventures of Pluto Nash), which may have made his Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls a foregone conclusion -- if not now, when?

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The question is not whether Murphy can do anything. He can. The question is why he would want to make a movie as squirmingly unfunny as Norbit.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Norbit demonstrates that even when working with low-grade material, Murphy can be a superb actor.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Norbit may be the most disturbing, morally repugnant, nightmare-inducing film of the century so far.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • This gross comedy hardly seems like the best way to exploit Murphy's talents.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • It's not hard to detect this creature [Rasputia] as the object of something like pure hate by four male screenwriters. Comedy like this isn't pretty.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • Norbit is another crude, sloppy paycheck job for an actor who doesn't need the money -- and who proved in Dreamgirls that he is capable of far better.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Eddie Murphy plays three roles in his latest Nutty Professor clone, titled Norbit. And Eddie Griffin still steals his movie from him.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Think Big Momma's House blended with a particularly loathsome Jerry Lewis movie, and you've got the picture. Grimacing yet?

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Norbit is pretty much a bad-taste sinkhole, with Murphy competing against himself to see which of his three characters he can make more grating.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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