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Filmed in front of a packed New York City crowd, the concert film Eddie Murphy: Raw presents the comedian (near the height of his popularity) performing his standup material. The energetic and often extremely raunchy set begins with a series of impressions, most involving some celebrity becoming upset at Murphy for unflattering jokes: a squeaky-voiced Michael Jackson threatens to pummel Murphy into the ground; an enraged Mr. T is confused by Murphy's verbal sleight of hand; and even paragon of calm Bill Cosby loses his cool while chastising the comic for his dirty mouth. After some… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"It's impossible to deny the virtuosity of his non-stop delivery, but the relentless macho onslaught sadly lacks the saving grace of Richard Pryor's self-irony."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Murphy approaches the storytelling skills of Pryor and Cosby, mixed with a sketch comedian's gonzo willingness to take a joke to its surreal extremes."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"Made me laugh until my jaw literally hurt."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"One of the funniest films you'll see all year"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Mr. Murphy is clearly proud of his prejudices. Nonetheless, this feature-length concert film is hilarious, putting Mr. Murphy on a par with Mr. Pryor at his best."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Onde foi parar este Eddie Murphy hilário e dono de um senso de humor ácido e brilhante? Como ele pôde virar o astro de Mansão Mal-Assombrada e A Creche do Papai?"
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Proof that Murphy isn't just a big name movie star."
‑ , Film4
"Not the classic that Delirious is, but Eddie's on fire here."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"[Murphy's] material, which trades on racial and sexual stereotypes even as it skewers them, may be offensive to some, but for others he remains a hell of a good yuck."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"A funny comedy bit"
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Yes it's raw, but it's inventive genius. Hilarious."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Murphy's humor is at bottom very downbeat and often, as when he describes his bowel movements, just not all that interesting."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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