Bowfinger (1999)

Bobby Bowfinger is a shameless wannabe film producer, who is desperate to break into the Hollywood big-time in spite of the fact that he's broke and unconnected. His plans are thwarted when he is unable to land Hollywood's hottest… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 13, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A witty commentary on modern film-making, with enough jokes to keep it entertaining throughout.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The best thing about Bowfinger is the way the script by Steve Martin is tooled to his own and Murphy's comic strengths.

Full review…
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Martin the writer plants some wicked barbs in Hollywood's rear end about creative financing of movies and hoarding of profits, the art of the deal, hipper-than-thou attitudes and exploitation.

Full review…
Sean Axmaker

Bowfinger (1999), Steve Martin's tribute to shoestring filmmaking and big-screen dreams, is a loving lampoon that gamely straddles the chasm between cynical con-artistry and benign innocence.

Full review…
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is enjoyable but thin, which is no doubt what was intended.

Full review…
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

This is his first screenplay since L.A. Story, yet you get the sense that Martin has lost some of the artistic aspiration he once brought to the movie business. This effort feels like it's just business.

Full review…
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Entertaining, great actors but not a home run.

Full review…
Time Out

Preposterous and utterly self-absorbed, this has la-la land down to a tee.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Martin is also at the top of his form!

Full review…
Mark Morris

Hugely funny film that mixes knowing satire with winning stupidity, and has Martin and Murphy in form they have rarely managed in recent years.

Full review…
More reviews for Bowfinger

Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"Bowfinger" embraces the horrible things that have always come from Hollywood, from the scams to breaking the law, and displays them in a very comedic… More
Dan Schultz
Occasionally very funny film concerning a down-on-his-luck movie producer who decides to shoot a movie with the biggest action star in the world - only he… More
Alex roy
Bowfinger is a terrific comedy film. Steve Martin delivers a great performance. I'm usually not a big fan of Eddie Murphy, but in this film he truly is… More
Jason Owens
While I was watching "Bowfinger," I was expecting it to be just a good comedy movie like most Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy movies. I was part right… More
Conner Rainwater
I actually think this is a great movie, it's Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy at the top of their game. Neither have made a better movie since, only making… More
The worse movie Steve Martin has ever done. Awful.