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Mr. Church Reviews

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January 1, 2017
Man, this type of role is really out of pocket for Eddie Murphy. He isn't funny, and he isn't particularly interesting.
September 16, 2016
Those involved didn't just want to make any old tearjerker; they sought to squeeze their audience dry like a sponge.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 26, 2016
Although most of Mr. Church is lazy and banal, the film intermittently invents novel ways to fail.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
November 4, 2016
Despite the whiff of awards bait, Murphy, one of America's comic treasures, delivers a refined and dignified performance, but his character remains a phantasmagorical presence from the first frame to the last.
May 2, 2016
Beresford has made another film in which a saintly black servant teaches the white folks how to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 25, 2016
Mr. Church wastes a wonderful dramatic turn by Eddie Murphy on storytelling so stale you could chip a tooth on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 16, 2016
After helming this, an episode of Roots and Best Picture-winner Driving Miss Daisy, Beresford should be forced to join 'Subservient Cinematic Negroes Anonymous.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 15, 2016
Get out your handkerchiefs, but don't expect to believe a minute of this vastly improbable tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2016
Murphy's low-key but affecting performance is filled with loaded and loving glances. And the restraint becomes the 55-year-old star. If only the film were better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 23, 2016
Bruce Beresford's film is remarkable for how it manages to indulge so many offensive and shopworn clichés at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 22, 2016
"Mr. Church" serves up comfort food in an era when every food truck and most indie films offer more interesting fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 16, 2016
We waited four years for a new Eddie Murphy movie ... and this is what we got?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 24, 2016
This mirthless Eddie Murphy vehicle from the director of 'Driving Miss Daisy' is rife with hoary 'magical negro' stereotypes.
September 16, 2016
"Mr. Church" isn't big on surprises, transforming into tearjerker mode for the finale, but it does have Murphy. It just doesn't know what to do with him.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 22, 2016
It's repugnant for its dehumanizing view (however unintentionally so) of a black man, and repugnant for its emptying-out of one of the great black performers of the time into a sanitized symbol of acceptable blackness.
September 19, 2016
Cliched drama has sad moments, drinking, stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2017
The problem is that the character is so underwritten that Murphy has almost nothing to do other than look restrained and dignified.
September 13, 2016
Mr. Church is certainly another sign that Murphy does what he wants. Maybe this guarded performance in a lousy movie is a sign of him wanting to do something better.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 23, 2016
Murphy's understated portrayal is a highlight in an otherwise heavy-handed examination of the way in which troubled souls come together to form surrogate families.
September 15, 2016
...the story of how a perfect black servant solves a white girl's every problem without ever once being threatening or contrary
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