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Harlem Nights Review

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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
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    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    The movie is full of phallic gags about little-bitty guns and crude jokes at physical or emotional infirmities. [17 Nov 1989, p.6]

  • 20

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Harlem Nights is not the disaster some people might have been expecting. Mr. Murphy has appeared in far worse films written and directed by people much more experienced.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    In Harlem Nights, Eddie Murphy continues his one-man war against the female gender. Those women he doesn't kill outright are punched, maimed and slugged with garbage cans. But apparently they deserve it-there isn't a single female character in the film who isn't a prostitute. [17 Nov 1989, p.A]

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    I don't mind that Nights is a potty-mouth benchmark; crude verbiage is appropriate to the leads, as well as the film's subject matter. This is, however, an amazingly mean two hours. Even the funniest gag involves Murphy's fatal shooting of three men. [17 Nov 1989, p.6D]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    People may go to see Eddie Murphy once, twice, three or even six times in disposable movies like Harlem Nights, but if he wants to realize his potential he needs to work with a better writer and director than himself.

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