Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights (1989)

Eddie Murphy, in addition to starring as Quick, the son of 1930s Harlem gambling-house proprietor Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor), also wrote and directed the film. The plotline details the combined efforts of Quick and Sugar Ray to prevent white… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 17, 1989
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The movie is a whirlingly divergent romp, blending serious violence with outrageous comedy, but it has the feel of oral history, of lives and times rescued from oblivion.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An uninspired cross between Cotton Club and the characters of Damon Runyon, told in cliches so broad you keep waiting for it to poke fun at itself, but it never does.

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Scott Weinberg

Ugly, pushy and over-the-top, but there's still a bunch of laughs to be found.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Does it matter to Eddie Murphy whether Harlem Nights is good or bad? It doesn't look like it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not as bad as you might think, but not all that good either.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

There's maybe two funny moments in this shrill directorial bomb from Eddie Murphy.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Once there was Freddy. Once there was Chuckie and Jason and Howard the Duck. Now there is the scariest of them all. Now there is Harlem Nights.

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Catherine Cantieri
Apollo Guide

Though it's not easy to watch, Harlem Nights is gorgeous to look at.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's narcissistic, misogynistic and extremely mean-spirited.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie, directed by Eddie Murphy, was boring, unfunny, and forgettable.
xGary Xx
Oh, Richard. Why couldn't you star in a film worth a damn...? A typically crass and sexist gangster comedy from Eddie Murphy that's nowhere near as… More
danny d
three generations of comedy legends and a stellar supporting cast star in this film written and directed by murphy in his prime. engaging and hilarious, red… More
Jason Spencer
Funny flick with a who's who of hollywood funny men and women.
Candy Rose
Movie about organised crime and police corruption in 1920s Harlem.
John Ballantine
Eddie Murphy promised great things with this early attempt at a serious film. He was so serious that he invited comedy legends Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx to… More

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