The Golden Child
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Eddie Murphy followed up his Beverly Hills Cop success with this fantasy adventure that plops him right into the land of Ray Harryhausen and Indiana Jones. The plot revolves around a God-like youngster (J.L. Reate) known as a "golden child," who has been sent to Tibet to bring the gift of compassion to humanity. But the devil isn't idle, sending his emissary, Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance) to kidnap the golden child. Sardo absconds with the child and takes off to Los Angeles. In L.A., a beautiful Tibetan priestess named Kee Nang (Charlotte Lewis) seeks out Chandler Jarrell (Eddie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This film -- insignificant and lightweight and monumentally silly -- is entertaining from beginning to end."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Not even Eddie Murphy's normal bag of tricks and tics can save this contrived and unconvincing film from self-destructing."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Eddie Murphy begins to dabble in "kiddy-land.""
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A mixed bag of occult mayhem that I remember liking as a kid."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"the beginning of the end for Murphy's career"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A half-baked comedy without a heart."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"His posse told him he was god-like."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"An uneven and staid mystical bore that miscasts Murphy something fierce. There's nothing Golden about this neglected Child."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Yet another in a long string of Murphy abominations."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"When Eddie's onscreen, this confusing mess of an adventure flick actually works. But that darn PLOT keeps getting in the way."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Mediocre Eddie Murphy comedy looks very dated now."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Indefensible rubbish with occasional flashes of invention and Victor Wong."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An extremely amusing film from back when Murphy was still funny; it's been unfortunately mostly forgotten these days."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Maybe being typecast as Axel Foley was a good idea"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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