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New York Times:
A screenplay that seems to have escaped its doctors before it was entirely well.
The director is ... rather distracted; John Landis seems to be browsing through the scenes rather than gobbling them down.
New York Daily News:
Murphy has dealt audiences the movie equivalent of a royal flush and he is now clearly Hollywood's reigning king of comedy.
Superb comic timing, a satirical edge, and Murphy's extraordinary gift for mimicry lift it right out of the trough of mediocrity to which it is all but consigned by its utterly predictable storyline.
Starts on a bathroom joke, quickly followed by a gag about private parts, then wanders in search of something equally original for Eddie Murphy to do for another couple of hours.
In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations.
The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden.