Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name

Eddie Murphy is real-life struggling comedian Rudy Ray Moore who created the comic character of Dolemite - a cane wielding pimp - to cash in on the 1970s Blaxploitation wave. Co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Wesley Snipes. From director Craig Brewer (Empire) and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood).

2019118 minsUSA

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Reviews & comments

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Know this—when you sit down to watch Dolemite Is My Name, you’re going to spend the best part of two hours grinning at the screen. Like me, you might even exclaim multiple times “Eddie’s back!” (this part is optional). Whether or not you already know the story of Rudy Ray Moore’s emergence as raunchy comedy character Dolemite, and the release of the 1975 blaxploitation film of the same name, there’s so much to enjoy in this story celebrating one man’s creative tenacity—rivaling that of The Room/The Disaster Artist’s Tommy Wiseau (if not as uniquely deluded about his abilities).

4.0

Netflix scores big with Eddie Murphy

Netflix scores big with Eddie Murphy taking his turn as the Hollywood comeback kid, playing the legendary Rudy Ray Moore, foul-mouthed, pre-rap rhyming comic, turned 1970s Blaxploitation movie star of the craptastic DOLEMITE (1975). There’s a whole sub-genre of movies celebrating amateurs with ambitions bigger than their talents making theatre or movies...

4.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy's long life in Hollywood - but I also think we still haven't seen the extent of what Murphy can do.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Often quite fun, and it celebrates a spirit in which will-do perseveres even in an absence of can-do.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It has a loose, friendly, house-party vibe, and it's impossible not to have a good time watching the actors have a good time with one another.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Eddie Murphy's back - front-and-center and full force - in a comedy that pays tribute to the rude-crude-untamed humor of Rudy Ray Moore. Murphy is raw again and I'm delirious.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a heartfelt, funny, satisfying film.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

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 affectionate, funny, but soft-focus biopic (no warts, no all).

3.0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

A joy to watch from start to finish, further boosted by a ripping support cast led by Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg.

ABC

ABC

press

A great time and a good laugh... and if nothing else, Dolemite... is a worthwhile venture if it helps return Eddie Murphy to greatness.

4.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Murphy brings the spirit of Blaxploitation underdog Rudy Ray Moore to life, with tell-it-like-it-is radiance. His timing is, as always, cobra-strike precise...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

This riotous, poignant and uplifting true story couldn't have been told half as well without the singular magnetism and intensity of Eddie Murphy at its heart.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Murphy's ebullient co-star underlines one of Dolemite Is My Name's subtler points: Sometimes, betting on yourself inspires others to believe in themselves, too.

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Know this—when you sit down to watch Dolemite Is My Name, you’re going to spend the best part of two hours grinning at the screen. Like me, you might even exclaim multiple times “Eddie’s back!” (this part is optional). Whether or not you already know the story of Rudy Ray Moore’s emergence as raunchy comedy character Dolemite, and the release of the 1975 blaxploitation film of the same name, there’s so much to enjoy in this story celebrating one man’s creative tenacity—rivaling that of The Room/The Disaster Artist’s Tommy Wiseau (if not as uniquely deluded about his abilities).

4.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy's long life in Hollywood - but I also think we still haven't seen the extent of what Murphy can do.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Often quite fun, and it celebrates a spirit in which will-do perseveres even in an absence of can-do.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It has a loose, friendly, house-party vibe, and it's impossible not to have a good time watching the actors have a good time with one another.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Eddie Murphy's back - front-and-center and full force - in a comedy that pays tribute to the rude-crude-untamed humor of Rudy Ray Moore. Murphy is raw again and I'm delirious.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a heartfelt, funny, satisfying film.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

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 affectionate, funny, but soft-focus biopic (no warts, no all).

3.0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

A joy to watch from start to finish, further boosted by a ripping support cast led by Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg.

ABC

ABC

press

A great time and a good laugh... and if nothing else, Dolemite... is a worthwhile venture if it helps return Eddie Murphy to greatness.

4.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Murphy brings the spirit of Blaxploitation underdog Rudy Ray Moore to life, with tell-it-like-it-is radiance. His timing is, as always, cobra-strike precise...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

This riotous, poignant and uplifting true story couldn't have been told half as well without the singular magnetism and intensity of Eddie Murphy at its heart.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Murphy's ebullient co-star underlines one of Dolemite Is My Name's subtler points: Sometimes, betting on yourself inspires others to believe in themselves, too.

Netflix scores big with Eddie Murphy

Netflix scores big with Eddie Murphy taking his turn as the Hollywood comeback kid, playing the legendary Rudy Ray Moore, foul-mouthed, pre-rap rhyming comic, turned 1970s Blaxploitation movie star of the craptastic DOLEMITE (1975). There’s a whole sub-genre of movies celebrating amateurs with ambitions bigger than their talents making theatre or movies...

4.0