Coming to America
Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 1999
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68%
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85%



Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The director is ... rather distracted; John Landis seems to be browsing through the scenes rather than gobbling them down.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A screenplay that seems to have escaped its doctors before it was entirely well.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a worthy followup to Murphy and Landis' first collaboration, Trading Places.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Starts on a bathroom joke, quickly followed by a gag about private parts, then wanders in search of something equally original for Eddie Murphy to do for another couple of hours.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden.

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media

Silly, curse-happy '80s Eddie Murphy vehicle.

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Time Out

Superb comic timing, a satirical edge, and Murphy's extraordinary gift for mimicry lift it right out of the trough of mediocrity to which it is all but consigned by its utterly predictable storyline.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Murphy gives his sweetest, most touching, and most genuinely likable performance to date, playing a character who embraces society instead of holding it in contempt.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
John Landis directs this funny film about a pampered African prince named Akeem who, not happy about being in an arranged marriage, and getting tired of a… More
Bethany Murphy
It was an ok film, nothing great.
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Back when Eddie Murphy wasn't bombarding us with stupid, low brow and unfunny… More
AJ Verser
This movie is hilarious. I think it's the first time Murphey attempted to play more than one character, and I didn't even notice it was him at first.… More
Mike S
Remember the days when Eddie Murphy's movies were actually funny? It seems but a distant memory now, but every once in a while I make a little re-visit to… More
Unknown Hobo
A hilarious classic movie that should be seen at least once by any true comedy fan. Playing not only on the class and race divides of America, this movie also… More

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