'Norbit' Critic Reviews

29%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
9%
Rotten Tomatoes:   123 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    In Norbit, Eddie Murphy is like a xylophone player who keeps banging away on the same two discordant notes; unfortunately, those monotonous, off-key tones are the characters he's playing.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Too many of the gags in the sloppy comedy Norbit are lumbering and graceless, more fun to anticipate than to witness.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Murphy has a deplorable joke concerning a lost policeman's whistle for which there is no excuse whatever - other than it's very funny.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Norbit isn't one of Murphy's best; it's a poor cousin to his other family comedies, and as Rasputia, whose catchphrase is a brassy "how you doin'?," he's surprisingly unfunny.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Dumb and coarse and sometimes boring and a little bit sad.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    25
    A quick paycheck may sound like a good idea when you're a creatively tapped comedian making trash like Daddy Day Care. But when you're a suddenly serious comeback kid aiming for an Oscar?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    25
    Murphy looks like he's in pain, and he probably is -- latex cellulite can't be fun to wear -- but his anguish is as much existential as physical, trapped inside a lumbering vehicle that offers a morbidly obese harpy as the main comic attraction.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    13
    This borderline-PG-13 comedy demands the sort of sociological scrutiny that often has the moviegoer looking for a fun night out rolling her eyes. And granting Norbit consideration feels like swinging a sledgehammer at a microbe.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Teresa Budasi Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    There is potential all over this film, but every scene is overwrought with unfunny caricatures and tired jokes. We've seen every gimmick and sight gag before, in better, funnier films.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie seems a weird nightmare of rampaging femininity and gross gags.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This dismal comedy joins a growing pile of Murphy disasters (The Haunted Mansion, Daddy Day Care, I Spy, The Adventures of Pluto Nash), which may have made his Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls a foregone conclusion -- if not now, when?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    The question is not whether Murphy can do anything. He can. The question is why he would want to make a movie as squirmingly unfunny as Norbit.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Norbit demonstrates that even when working with low-grade material, Murphy can be a superb actor.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    0
    Norbit may be the most disturbing, morally repugnant, nightmare-inducing film of the century so far.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    This gross comedy hardly seems like the best way to exploit Murphy's talents.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    It's not hard to detect this creature [Rasputia] as the object of something like pure hate by four male screenwriters. Comedy like this isn't pretty.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Norbit is another crude, sloppy paycheck job for an actor who doesn't need the money -- and who proved in Dreamgirls that he is capable of far better.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    Eddie Murphy plays three roles in his latest Nutty Professor clone, titled Norbit. And Eddie Griffin still steals his movie from him.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    Think Big Momma's House blended with a particularly loathsome Jerry Lewis movie, and you've got the picture. Grimacing yet?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    Norbit is pretty much a bad-taste sinkhole, with Murphy competing against himself to see which of his three characters he can make more grating.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    There are so many problems with Norbit that when you try to pin one down, another one splooges out elsewhere.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    25
    Norbit takes the idea behind The Nutty Professor 2 -- that Eddie Murphy can play just about every character in the movie -- and strips it of all charm and humor.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Luke Sader Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Puerile comedy vehicle is a backward step for its star.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Hopefully the awards and acclaim Murphy has received for his work in Dreamgirls will inspire him to think twice from now on about puerile pictures like Norbit. The combination of the two speaks to his versatility, if not his pride.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Sam Adams Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Surely some humanitarian organization will recognize the selflessness with which Murphy has taken three of the movie's major roles, thus saving two other actors from a nasty black mark on their resumes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago