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The Nutty Professor
Eddie Murphy gives one of Jerry Lewis' best-remembered vehicles a 1990s overhaul in this hit comedy. Sherman Klump (Murphy) is a college professor and respected biochemistry researcher who is kind, considerate, and a genuinely nice guy. Sherman is also appallingly overweight; coupled with the fact that he's painfully shy and a bit clumsy, his romantic prospects are rather bleak. When Sherman finds himself working with a pretty graduate student, Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett), he falls in love and is eager to impress her, but at an upscale nightclub, his weight attracts the attention of an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Murphy] is able to invest his Professor Klump with an endearing dignity, give his lounge lizard alter ego, Buddy Love, an alligator's bite and then go on from there to play Klump's grandma. Also his mother, father and brother."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"This is a chance to see Murphy doing what he does best, and for that alone it's worth seeing."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's bold work here from Murphy on grand scale of thespian commitment, yet the feature's sense of humor is more dreary than playful, killing the potential of the premise with a constant display of bad taste."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"All in all, a pretty thin comedy."
‑ , Film4
"Welcome back (I hope), Eddie Murphy."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Murphy's most assured work in some time."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The flick is sketch comedy spun out to feature length."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"A dumb, offensive movie--a good one to skip."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
"the beginning of the end for Eddie Murphy"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"The comic maelstrom known as Eddie Murphy is finally back."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This is good, seamless comedy."
‑ Kevin McManus, Washington Post
"Eddie Murphy is funny again. Sadly, he lacks the guts to follow through on the cathartic self-satire that gives the film its distinction."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Murphy turns the dual roles of a meek academician and his smarmy alter ego, Buddy Love, into an excoriating exercise in self-disclosure."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Murphy finally revives his considerable comedic gifts for this crowd-pleaser."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Funny, vulgar Eddie Murphy--his best to date."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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