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The Nutty Professor
Professor Julius F. Kelp (Jerry Lewis) is an addle-brained, absent-minded chemistry instructor always incurring the wrath of the university administration by continually blowing up the classroom laboratory. The shy guy has his eyes on the student body of Stella (Stella Stevens). When a football-playing bully humiliates him, Kelp tries to concoct a chemical to help him gain physical strength and stature. The potion turns him into the handsome, hard-edged nightclub singer named Buddy Love. The mild-mannered professor's alter ego becomes a self-absorbed campus favorite at the Purple Pit, a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"The Nutty Professor was not only a starring vehicle for Lewis, the comedian, it was also co-written and directed by the star and shows, intentionally and deliberately, two drastically different sides of him."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"a quite funny romp"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Contains some of Lewis's most outrÚ directorial flourishes."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Supposedly Lewis' masterpiece. That says a lot about Lewis."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
""probably Lewis' masterpiece""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Demonstrates that Jerry Lewis is the absolute master of screen space: There's not a single indifferent shot in the film."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Certainly Jerry Lewis at his best."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Silly, manic, juvenile, square, unfunny in an offensive way and serving as an egomaniacal testament to Mr. Lewis."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Classic Jerry Lewis"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
"[Jerry] Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"It's a brilliant job of direction, but the film couldn't have worked without Lewis' performance in both roles."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Much better than the remake; Jerry Lewis' best movie."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Lewis' uneven take on Jekyll and Hyde has its fun moments, but at times its too sentimental and cloying."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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