Holy Man
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Stephen Herek directed this comedy-drama in which soul-less exec Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum), programmer for the failing Good Buy Shopping Network, is dismayed by a request to increase sales in two weeks. Bald do-gooder guru G. (Eddie Murphy) assists when Ricky and marketing director Kate (Kelly Preston) get a freeway flat. When G. passes out, tests indicate a heart murmur and heat prostration, so the robed prophet becomes Ricky's house guest. At a party, G. uses hypnosis and psychology to rid guest Nino Cerruti (portraying himself) of his flying fears. Ricky witnesses this and gets the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It may not be earthshaking, but this calmly competent feel-good movie shows that a little sincerity can go a long way."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"This screenplay was in no shape to be filmed; perhaps the filmmakers assumed that the mere presence of Eddie Murphy would repair its wrongs and give them a big opening weekend."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Leaves you wondering whether there really is a God."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"What does Hollywood teach us here? Materialism BAD! Television BAD! Media BAD!"
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"[Murphy] is the only thing that isn't deadeningly predictable here, but it might still be worth the price of a ticket to see him continue to have such fun being a movie star."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"The material lacks a biting edge."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"The film never really explains where G came from or where he's going."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Good intentions abound, but we all know where they lead."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The shallowness and lack of perspective of the story keeps everyone from delivering anything more than a mundane, mildly amusing comedy."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Eddie Murphy's downhill decline"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
"The kitsch on-air shopping sequences are often very funny."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"While Murphy probably has what it takes to make the comedian-to-serious actor transition, he needs to do what Martin, Williams, and Carrey did: hold out for a good script."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A thought-provoking but uneven comedy."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's always watchable, sometimes enjoyable, never special."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"Eddie Murphy still can't pick scripts worth a damn. It's not the worst movie he ever made, but that comes as small comfort when you're suffering through it."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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