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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In Boomerang Eddie Murphy straitjackets himself in an ill-fitting comedy vehicle that's desperately in need of a reality check."
‑ Lawrence Cohn, Variety
"There's something paradoxical about the ease he radiates in playing a man who is supposed to be a smashing success. As an underdog, Mr. Murphy worked much harder."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An attempt at a more sophisticated, grown-up comedy for Murphy, focusing on adults in a workplace, and on adult, sexual relationships."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"More interesting than entertaining and too long by far."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Delivers laughs, and lots of them."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The general idea is to exploit a certain amount of role reversal, and Reginald Hudlin, who directed House Party, does a fairly good job of making this fun."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"For all the sex talk in Boomerang, there's very little nudity. The only thing naked is Murphy's vanity."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The cop-out conclusion doesn't dilute the playfulness the Hudlins are always interested in providing. I only wish they had the opportunity to work with Murphy again."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Silly. Simple. Eddie was better than this."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"It's not even funny. Nor does it contain half the wit or charm as the old Doris Day sex comedies it so resembles. In fact, it's downright mean-spirited toward women, as is Murphy's wont."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The film is far too slick to be ineffective, but its attempts to play with the sex-war theme are often unbelievably crass."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Boomerang is the funniest, most sophisticated movie of Eddie Murphy's career."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Then there's the input from Warrington and Reginald Hudlin, producer and director respectively, who succeed in creating a comedy which, unusually for a Murphy film, also exists around him."
‑ Lloyd Bradley, Empire Magazine
"Remember one thing...........coordinate!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Givens, Lawrence and Berry all put in enjoyable performances, and while Murphy can no longer match those memorable early roles, he's on good form here."
‑ , Film4
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