The Golden Child
The Golden Child (1986)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 12, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This film -- insignificant and lightweight and monumentally silly -- is entertaining from beginning to end.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Not even Eddie Murphy's normal bag of tricks and tics can save this contrived and unconvincing film from self-destructing.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Eddie Murphy begins to dabble in "kiddy-land."

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

A half-baked comedy without a heart.

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Victoria Alexander

His posse told him he was god-like.

Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

An uneven and staid mystical bore that miscasts Murphy something fierce. There's nothing Golden about this neglected Child.

Steve Crum

Mediocre Eddie Murphy comedy looks very dated now.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Indefensible rubbish with occasional flashes of invention and Victor Wong.

Widgett Walls

An extremely amusing film from back when Murphy was still funny; it's been unfortunately mostly forgotten these days.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Eddie is a private eye who has to find a kidnapped child.
danny d
early eddie was one of the best comedic actors in history. maybe a notch below some of his other eighties flicks, mostly because the film doesnt hold up as… More
Lady D'arbanville
[Re-watch] Movies may have moved on in terms of effects, but this is still an easy watching good prevails evil family film with comical input by Eddie Murphy.
Leigh Ryan
I thought this movie was really good.
Anatoliy Dudaev
Alexander Wilson
Entertaining, thrilling, good humoured, very funny and very 86 effects. Cool actors !