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BY LAUREN ZIMA

Eddie Murphy’s latest movie, “A Thousand Words,” opened this weekend. And it opened to some of the worst reviews of any movie. Ever.

Right now it’s got an approval rating of 0% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

And as The Hollywood Reporter explains, that puts it among the worst-reviewed movies in RT history.

The Washington Post was inspired to list 56 words critics used to describe the film.

The list includes lazy, joyless, hollow, dumb and desperate. And now, media are wondering -- what happened to Eddie Murphy’s career? Forbes writes that in 2009, Murphy was still flying high, in particular thanks to voicing the character Donkey in the “Shrek” series.”

“Studios … were willing to pay him big upfront paychecks for movies like Meet Dave and Imagine That. But those two movies were colossal flops. …. But this year was supposed to be Murphy’s comeback year. His friend, director Brett Ratner, had tailored the role of a professional thief in the film Tower Heist for Murphy. … But the film didn’t do very well at the box office.”

The writer says Murphy’s comeback was further halted when he backed out of hosting the Oscars. Deadspin declares ..

The Eddie Murphy You Love Is Dead.

Still, The Daily Beast points out there might be a glimmer of hope.

“... can Murphy ever emerge from movie jail? … The actor is set to put his more serious side on display with his next project, portraying the crack cocaine–smoking former D.C. mayor Marion Barry  in an HBO biopic to be directed by Spike Lee.”

But The Grio argues movie choices like “A Thousand Words” make up much of Murphy’s career.

“This is a man who followed up an Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls with Norbit. … money is a major motivator. The actor isn't a stranger to 'paycheck' films, and even he admits that doing movies just for the money is a hard temptation to resist. … Murphy has a history of releasing crappy films, and badmouthing them after the check has cleared.”

‘A Thousand Words’ was actually filmed in 2008, with Paramount just now releasing it. The Daily Beast points out Murphy has skipped out on doing talk shows in support of the film.
 

Eddie Murphy: Is His Career Over?

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Mar 11, 2012

Eddie Murphy: Is His Career Over?

 

(Image Source: Paramount/IMDb)

BY LAUREN ZIMA

Eddie Murphy’s latest movie, “A Thousand Words,” opened this weekend. And it opened to some of the worst reviews of any movie. Ever.

Right now it’s got an approval rating of 0% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

And as The Hollywood Reporter explains, that puts it among the worst-reviewed movies in RT history.

The Washington Post was inspired to list 56 words critics used to describe the film.

The list includes lazy, joyless, hollow, dumb and desperate. And now, media are wondering -- what happened to Eddie Murphy’s career? Forbes writes that in 2009, Murphy was still flying high, in particular thanks to voicing the character Donkey in the “Shrek” series.”

“Studios … were willing to pay him big upfront paychecks for movies like Meet Dave and Imagine That. But those two movies were colossal flops. …. But this year was supposed to be Murphy’s comeback year. His friend, director Brett Ratner, had tailored the role of a professional thief in the film Tower Heist for Murphy. … But the film didn’t do very well at the box office.”

The writer says Murphy’s comeback was further halted when he backed out of hosting the Oscars. Deadspin declares ..

The Eddie Murphy You Love Is Dead.

Still, The Daily Beast points out there might be a glimmer of hope.

“... can Murphy ever emerge from movie jail? … The actor is set to put his more serious side on display with his next project, portraying the crack cocaine–smoking former D.C. mayor Marion Barry  in an HBO biopic to be directed by Spike Lee.”

But The Grio argues movie choices like “A Thousand Words” make up much of Murphy’s career.

“This is a man who followed up an Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls with Norbit. … money is a major motivator. The actor isn't a stranger to 'paycheck' films, and even he admits that doing movies just for the money is a hard temptation to resist. … Murphy has a history of releasing crappy films, and badmouthing them after the check has cleared.”

‘A Thousand Words’ was actually filmed in 2008, with Paramount just now releasing it. The Daily Beast points out Murphy has skipped out on doing talk shows in support of the film.
 

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