“I Liked This Movie.”
“BEST MOVIE EVER!!”
“The Movie That Brought Eddie Murphy Down From The Glow Of Dreamgirls... And Definitely Stole His Oscar.”
“Dumb And Unoriginal.”
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
There are so many problems with Norbit that when you try to pin one down, another one splooges out elsewhere.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Norbit takes the idea behind The Nutty Professor 2 -- that Eddie Murphy can play just about every character in the movie -- and strips it of all charm and humor.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Puerile comedy vehicle is a backward step for its star.
Luke Sader - Hollywood Reporter
Hopefully the awards and acclaim Murphy has received for his work in Dreamgirls will inspire him to think twice from now on about puerile pictures like Norbit. The combination of the two speaks to his versatility, if not his pride.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Surely some humanitarian organization will recognize the selflessness with which Murphy has taken three of the movie's major roles, thus saving two other actors from a nasty black mark on their resumes.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
Like all of Murphy's recent films, there's also a sweet-if-predictable heart beating beneath the discount jokes.
Luke Goodsell - Empire Magazine Australasia
If there's no limit to your love of fat jokes, this is the movie for you.
Brooke Holgerson - Boston Phoenix
The laughs are broad (pardon the pun), obtuse, and unsubtle.
Drew Turney - Dark Horizons
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
It's small consolation when you have to sit through such a miserably unfunny movie, but at least the bad ideas here are relatively original.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
A life sucking comedy of highly dubious intent.
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
Most of the jokes concern obesity, which Murphy evidently believes to be ipso facto funny.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
If you're not a die-hard Murphy fan, your enjoyment of Norbit will depend entirely on how funny you find fat suits and fart jokes. Worth missing.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
... admiravel que, com um passado ja tao recheado de atrocidades cinematograficas, Eddie Murphy tenha conseguido, com Norbit, a proeza de realizar aquele que, sem duvida, e o pior filme de sua ja desastrosa carreira.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Stereotype-based comedy from Eddie Murphy in a variety of fat suits is just not enough to make a decent film.
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine
Even if you go back decades, body fascism has rarely been so brazen, or so unfunny. Horrifying.
Anna Smith - Time Out
the humor is mean-spirited and the jokes rather puerile.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Three Eddie Murphys is three too many.
Neil Smith - BBC
A one-dimensional bad news comedy.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Why is everybody in such a tizzy over Norbit?
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Norbit is so bad, it has redefined my concept of Hell.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Stealing from Date Movie: now that is pathetic.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Murphy finally has nothing to prove in front of the camera, which makes his fondness for wearing extreme prosthetics to play multiple roles in a film bursting with cheap, obvious gags increasingly baffling.
George Palathingal - Sydney Morning Herald
The filmmakers' big mistake in this painful, low-brow disaster, is their misguided belief that Murphy in make-up and a fat suit is automatically funny. They seem to have forgotten that a good script is mandatory.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It's offensively bad.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Eddie Murphy steals more than a few ideas from Tyler Perry for his multi-character comedy that has Murphy playing an obese wench named Rasputia, to whom Norbit is married.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A sweatier hell than the fat suit in which Murphy spends much of the movie. It's official - our children will die never knowing the sensation of laughing at Eddie Murphy.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
It's never a good thing when you're supposed to be cheering for the underdog, but in the back of your mind you can't help but think that he somewhat deserves to be getting all that sand kicked in his face.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
When Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry play gals with sky-high BMI, at least their characters offer -- and are shown -- a certain amount of love and respect.
Melissa Anderson - Time Out New York