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70
Wall Street Journal
With a refreshing absence of earnestness, the movie mainly spins out many variations on a theme: Easy Street begins and ends on Capitol Hill. [03 Dec 1992]
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Murphy's comic brilliance is at the service of the story and he positively shines with a number of diverse and zany impersonations, most enjoyably a Jesse Jackson takeoff.
50
The Distinguished Gentleman prefers to give us measured laughs at a leisurely pace, and then it settles for the sellout upbeat ending. Ho hum.
50
All The Distinguished Gentleman has is Eddie Murphy doing his best to be the life of the party. By the end of the movie you wish he would just go to another party.
50
USA Today
Despite Murphy's campaigning, Gentleman deserves a veto. [04 Dec 1992]
50
Boston Globe
The film is content to remain at the level of the mildly entertaining, with no real surprises and not much sass. [04 Dec 1992]
50
Chicago Tribune
It has a few good laughs in it thanks to Murphy, but mainly depends for its appeal on an uncomfortable manipulation of racial stereotypes. [04 Dec 1992]
50
There's just not enough good material, however, to sustain the comic pace.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The Distinguished Gentleman isn't - distinguished, that is - but it's a notable cut above Eddie Murphy's recent ventures. [04 Dec 1992]
40
Murphy occasionally does uninterrupted seconds of shtick, but the film is stuffed with cheap sentiment (a kid with cancer), extraneous characters and embarrassing simplistic politics.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
The Distinguished Gentleman isn't much of a movie - it's a mess, in fact. [04 Dec 1992]

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