Dolemite Is My Name
Murphy... brings so much hope and hunger and pure life force to the role that he makes you believe in every punchline, pelvic thrust, and egregiously ..
Heroes arent just hustlers but resplendent hustlers, colorfully flouting the old, accommodationist ways.
The role of Rudy Ray Moore affords Murphy the opportunity to flex his stand up muscles, and he dominates the screen whenever hes onstage.
Dolemite Is My Name is a simple, yet affectionate ode to Moore that brings his story to life through an appealing blend of humor, heart, and music.
Its almost a shame that Dolemite Is My Name is primarily going to be only available on Netflix, as its a tremendous crowd pleaser thats even better en ..
Murphy succeeds by being earnest, even when delivering Dolemites raunchiest lines. He reminds us hes one of the best at balancing drama and comedy.
But, as he ritually points out, Rudy doesnt know the first thing about filmmaking.
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REVIEW: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME marks Eddie Murphys first film since the largely unseen MR.
We meet Moore sometime in the mid 70s, and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewskis well oiled script doesnt waste a minute in letting us know what this ..
But beyond that bit of inventive meta business narrative, Dolemite Is My Name feels less forward thinking and more shaggily comfortable, running throu ..
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He doesnt look like a superstar, either, obviously aging and carrying a paunch.
Theres DUrvilles barely hidden frustration with what hes watching, and theres Rudys insecurity when he realizes hes going to have be sexy for one scen ..
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Eddie Murphy is the best he has been in years (at least since Dreamgirls), playing the comedian and blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore in this affecti ..
DUrville isnt interested until Rudy offers him the chance to direct the damn thing even though he doesnt have a clue how to do it.
A comeback story whose lead actor is indeed making a comeback, a disco dandy period piece and an ebullient comedy with an irresistibly inspirational m ..
Snipes is gloriously imperious as DUrville Martin, DaVine Joy Randolph brings warmth and bawdy wit to Rudys comedy protege, Lady Reed, Chris Rock and ..
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Murphy looks like hes having fun, and his enthusiasm is infectious, giving the saga of Rudy Ray Moore and his odyssey to be bigger than life the magic ..
Eddie Murphy taps into something that has been too often absent from his screen appearances of late a pure and unabashed joy of performing.
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The wonderful irony at the heart of the movies rollicking spirit, as it details the cash strapped, on the fly craziness of a cult DIY hit in the makin ..
This biographical comedy follows the beats of similar showbiz related movies, but its rambunctious, playfully vulgar sense of humor and infectious can ..
Both Murphy and director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) display obvious affection for the black pop culture of the period, and skilfully weave a subtle ..
Dolemite Is My Name is crowd pleaser of the highest order, and a terrific start to Netflixs awards season run.
There isnt a dull character on the screen, and the script cleverly weaves in a continuous stream of amusing details. Its so much fun that its bound to ..
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As a straight up comedian, hes third rate, but as Dolemite (his version of a folklore hero like Richard Pryors Mudbone), hes a deliriously foul mouthe ..
It has a loose, friendly, house party vibe, and its impossible not to have a good time watching the actors have a good time with one another.
But the movies most simplistic assertionone that the movie hinges onis that in the Venn diagram of funny and smart, there isnt much overlap.
Synonyms doesnt have a classic narrative line, though its narrative is simple: Yoav gets to a place that he thinks will be his salvation and hes disap ..
Watch the film, I couldnt help but think, Murphys still got it, and whats more, hes confident enough that he doesnt have to hog the limelight.
back, baby, in a performance so big and so generous that it virtually busts through the screen.
But an outsider artist who created something as weirdly funky as Dolemite deserves a portrait to match.
Because when Moore finds his voice as the rhyme spouting, cane twirling, bad motherfucker pimp, Dolemite its not so much that hes doing something new, ..
Its plentiful humor is never bitter or self mocking, even in its most absurd moments.
Like Ed Wood and The Disaster Artist, it gets its juice from its central figure, a driven, even delusional creative force who doesnt know good from ba ..
Murphys scintillating virtuosity is displayed at the expense of depth.
By playing a real underdog who became a huge influence on countless rappers and comics coming up behind him, Murphy is once again in comfortable, conf ..
Maybe thats for the best with the film as it works better as a plucky, feel good film.
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He finds a way with Dolemite, a rickety, independently financed quasi comedy directed by the preening DUrville Martin (Wesley Snipes) and written by t ..
By refusing to turn Rudy or any of his peers into a joke, Dolemite manages to be a loving ode to Blaxploitation and Black independent filmmaking while ..
The appearance may be rough, but theres a light that is shining through.
But for a movie thats as full of foul language as youre likely to see this year, its no small shock to discover that Dolemite Is My Name is so thought ..
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condescension cant help but rub a fan of idiosyncratic, culturally specific genre cinema the wrong way.
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As returns to the comedy spotlight go, they dont get much funnier than this.
Viewed through a strictly technical lens, the 1975 Dolemite film isnt exactly good.
Theres an underdog charm to the bones of the story, and a lot of nifty touches about the era, from the flamboyant outfits to the blaxploitation genre ..
Its nutty and often a barrage of raunchy humor that contains an eccentric yet inspiring subject with some thoughtful subtext hidden underneath the sur ..
Brewer, working from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, finds the unexpected heart and uplifting spirit in Moores tale and pumps it up ..
Add it all up and My Name Is Dolemite is a wicked return to form for Murphy, who absolutely nails Moores straight outta West Hollywood brio and never ..
Eddie Murphys take on Rudy Ray Moore is also a nuts and bolts look at what goes into a comic performance and its coming from one of the worlds greates ..
Moore was hardly the Kung Fu master, but he managed to kick down a lot of doors on the road to becoming a somebody. Dolemite Is My Name is a valentine ..
But its so consistently entertaining and uproariously funny, with such engaging work by its star, its frankly hard to complain.
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Moores moxie and verbal dexterity play so perfectly to Murphys strengths you cant help being reminded of some of the actors formative roles (Axel Fole ..
Dolomite Is My Name is a bittersweet, filthy mouthed comedy that also sneakily educates its audience in the Black experience.
Netflix Moores raunchy proto rap albums make him a name, but hes savvy enough to know that isnt enough to break out.
His trajectory to success couldnt be clearer, as we wouldnt be watching a movie about the guy if history hadnt already vindicated him, but theres ampl ..
Dolemite Is My Name is a standard comic biopic on its face; from the opening scenes, the story beats are loud, and the script doesnt shy away from go ..
Moore was always bigger than life and thats how Murphy plays him. Its a strong performance of a character worthy of biopic treatment. Dolemite lives!
Mr. Murphy, surrounded by superb actors and abetted by a sensational score, turns everything he touches into comedy.
Eddie Murphy shines in his best film role in years, playing an over the hill entertainer who wants one last shot at stardom.
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What Moore doesnt expect is filmmaking being so much harder than it looks.
After that, its a deep knowledge love letter to show biz itself, and especially to subgenres that dont get, or even ask for, special respect.
He has a very sweet platonic chemistry with Randolph, and Snipes is, to repeat, a joyful fount of ridiculousness: Black people absorb light.
For once, hes not phoning it in, as he reconjures and salutes Rudy Ray Moore, a.k.a.
Dolemite Is My Name makes it official: Eddie Murphy is back. Heres hoping he doesnt go away again.
But after Moore and his friends see the Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau remake of The Front Page and collectively have that I dont get it reac ..
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While Murphys feature may drum up some buzz in awards circles, it isnt intended for them.
Murphy has shown he can do doleful as well as delirious, and his Dolemite is dynamite.
Eddie Murphy takes on his first ever biopic role playing the real life Rudy Ray Moore in this wild ride of a movie that sees Eddie back on top.
Moores story is far more compelling than the cartoonish Tommy Wiseaus could ever be.
Punch Drunk Critics
Working as a fun mix of Ed Wood and Bowfinger, theres plenty to enjoy.
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It is a loving biopic, just one that doesnt want to look too hard at who Moore loved.
In his funniest movie since Boomerang, Murphy is once again at the top of his game.
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Moores the kind of guy who coasts on charm and pure hustle, and doesnt let pesky things like lack of filmmaking expertise get in the way.
Dolemite Is My Name gives a legend his due while giving viewers a performance from Eddie Murphy in classic form.
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With Rudy Ray Moore, of all people, Murphy lands one his most important roles as a pioneer of black culture for whom nothing came easy.
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One moment hes grinding away at making something that no one cares about, the next hes inspiring children to chase their dreams.
In short, hes a man who cant stop performing, even though he hasnt caught a break in years.
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They go to see Billy Wilders The Front Page, though they cant see what all the fuss is about.
Brewers storytelling style is breezy and freewheeling throughout, keeping the story moving from vignette to vignette as if hes moving the needle on a ..
For Martin, this is a passion project thats doomed to failure and hes just waiting for the next best thing.
Murphys bankability got this oddball movie made, but hes miscast.
He sees an audience thats underappreciated and ignored, and ready for what hes offering.
Dolemite Is My Name doesnt quite nail it, maybe because it likes Rudy Ray Moore too much to satirize him.
Theres nothing terribly interesting about the way its told, its just a straightforward underdog story with a big beating heart.
Indeed, Dolemite Is My Name is the best hes been since at least 2006s Dreamgirls.
Eddie Murphy is having a full circle moment as Rudy Ray Moore. Dolemite was truly the founding father for comics taking their brand into film, arenas ..
Dolemite Is My Name is both inspiring and incredibly hilarious youll be howling with laughter throughout.
Watching people who know nothing about what theyre doing attempt to pull off a movie is great fun, and given the essential hopefulness and sweetness a ..
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Though Dolemite is My Name is a fairly lighthearted story, there was a lot in Moores life for him to feel stressed about, and the movie shows that.
It recalls The Disaster Artist and Ed Wood, and thats not an accident.
In far too many biopics that career turning point is muffed because the actor playing a famous entertainer isnt all that good.
Dolemite Is My Name is further proof Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are among the best in the business when it comes to unusual biopics. Eddie ..
Unlike The Disaster Artist, however, Dolemite isnt making fun of its subject.
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In other words, just soak up the funky mad verse of Dolemite is My Name and dont be a fool.
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Dolemite is my Name is the funniest movie I have seen all year, a hoot and a holler about a black man living in whitey America yearning to make a name ..
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Murphy embraces Moores foul mouthed stage persona and his do it yourself optimism in the vein of Ed Wood or The Disaster Artist, but with an infectiou ..
Whatever the merits and flaws of Dolemite Is My Name, it brought that Eddie Murphy back. Beyond that, the film is a serviceable, occasionally funny bi ..
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Even if Dolemite Is My Name isnt bestowed with accolades, (and Murphy, Snipes and Randolph should be) thats not whats most important in the long game.
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Remember, this isnt Eddie Murphy as the brash Axel Foley from the Beverly Hills Cop series or the wise yet humble Mr. Church (2016).
Yes, this movie is a total blast. But it also may be the sweetest picture so far this year.
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The bulk of the picture is a fall down funny chronicle of the making of 1975s blaxploitation classic Dolemite, a film so winningly, rambunctiously ine ..
For those who may not understand what all the fuss over Murphy was about, Dolemite shows it in a big way making Murphy a star again in a movie that is ..
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The Laundromat is endlessly fascinating but also extremely exhausting.
Eddie Murphy as blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore will go down as one of the actor comedians greatest performances. One of 2019s best films!
It was highly entertaining, and I smiled from beginning to end. Good performances all around, and it was fun to go down this road.
The reality is so unbelievable that you cant help but admire and be utterly charmed and entertained by its retelling.
Murphy gives Rudy Ray Moore plenty of personality in a perfect role for this talented actor. Dolemite is dynamite and because of Eddie Murphy, his nam ..
But whereas The Disaster Artist positioned one of its central characters as the butt of the joke, theres never a moment where Dolemite is My Name isnt ..
He watches the movie Front Page in a theater with an appreciative white audience, looking around and wondering why hes the only person who doesnt get ..
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Moore doesnt have the looks, acting ability or panache of Harry Belafonte or Sidney Poitier, but he has something else: a tremendous knack for enterta ..
Dolemite Is My Name is the feel good comedy of the year about the making of Dolemite, and although its a hard R rating, it had me smiling from start t ..
So goes Moores improbable climb in Dolemite Is My Name, Craig Brewers adoring ode to go with your gut passion projects.
In the process of Rudys risky gambit, Dolemite Is My Name goes from a fun and funny look at entrepreneurialism to an outright great movie about moviem ..
Well, folks, Im happy to say that classic Eddie is back, and hes better than ever.
Murphy better than ever in a fantastic movie giving tribute to a pioneer, and a loving letter to dreamers, misfits, and outcasts everywhere.
(The film) is a period piece that has a lot to say about our modern times. Its a rallying cry to fight the power, reinvent yourself to be happy, and r ..
And thats where the film feels more like a stylish history lesson than an actual story.
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Nothing is handed to him, but that doesnt keep him from getting what he wants.
Dolemite Is My Name reminds us of why Eddie Murphy remains one of our comedy treasures.
You need not be familiar with Dolemite though, just as one neednt have seen Plan 9 from Outer Space to appreciate Ed Wood.
As a society we love to see people accomplish great things; someone loses 100 pounds, a scholar graduates, a new career is started its tremendously ad ..
Unlike James Francos 2017 film, Dolemite Is My Name doesnt have a devoted yet dysfunctional friendship at its center, which gives the film a lighter, ..
Murphy & Snipes dispense wildly entertaining performances in the years most foul mouthed inspiring story line.
Eddie Murphy brings his career best game to the role of dreamer, entertainer, and entrepreneur Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name.
Wherever Randolph has been (shes had a lot of Broadway fame), wherever shes going, Im hoping theres much more in store for her.
At this point, Dolemite Is My Name seems to morph into something like The Disaster Artist (2017), James Francos reconstructive account of wannabe film ..
Murphy balances bravado and vulnerability which includes a mixture of self doubt and frustration in his portrayal of Moore, creating a funny, but symp ..
But the whole thing is so funny, joyous, and entertaining that its nearly impossible to care.
Only Eddie Murphy could make a comeback that makes us feel as if he never left.
That it tells this triumphant story in such a lush and vibrant way, and that it acts as a vehicle for Murphys continually bottomless charisma, makes i ..
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