More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Awesome: 3.85%
Worth A Look: 9.62%
Pretty Bad: 9.62%
Total Crap38.46%

3 reviews, 34 user ratings

Latest Reviews

Ghosting Gloria by Jay Seaver

Hold Me Back by Jay Seaver

Behemoth by Rob Gonsalves

Pig (2021) by Rob Gonsalves

Val by Rob Gonsalves

Little Vampire (2020) by Rob Gonsalves

Kate by Rob Gonsalves

Language Lessons by Jay Seaver

Small Engine Repair by Jay Seaver

Night House, The by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed

Adventures of Pluto Nash, The
[] Buy posters from this movie
by The Ultimate Dancing Machine

"Lost in Space"
1 stars

If Eddie Murphy were not obscenely rich, I might feel sorry for him, because it seems like his career has been in perpetual comeback mode for the last decade and a half. He's had hits and misses during that span, but virtually everything he's done lately looks like an attempt to recapture the promise he had back in the "Beverly Hills Cop" days. His latest effort isn't going to change anything, unfortunately; it's not epically bad, and we've had worse movies this year, but it would be best for everybody involved if "Pluto Nash" disappeared from sight as soon as possible.

Pluto Nash puts Murphy on the moon in the year 2060; he's a nightclub owner in trouble with a pack of gangsters. Murphy sleepwalks through his role, as if he isn't really sure what he should be doing at any given time. I can't say I blame him--I don't know what Pluto Nash was supposed to be doing, either. Though the mega Las Vegas set design points to a daffy sci-fi romp, which might have provided some decent laughs, Pluto Nash errs badly by playing it straight far too much of the time. The disappointment sets in fast: We're actually expected to take this lamebrained suspense plot more or less seriously. As a result, the movie is tediously half-hearted--as an action movie, it's not much; and as a comedy, it's not anything at all.

For those who have seen the trailer for this film, I can confirm your worst suspicions: That bit with the cryogenically frozen dog really is the funniest scene in the movie. Murphy has no room to break loose; he's trapped in an endless round of by-the-book chase numbers and boring lovey-dovey scenes with his babe (Rosario Dawson--and the instant she shows up on screen, you know that's her whole function in this movie). Randy Quaid displays better comic timing as Murphy's bodyguard, but something is going seriously wrong when the most interesting character is a robot.

And somebody should have canned the swooping space opera music, which so obviously doesn't belong in a light-hearted movie like this. I had the same complaint with Black Knight, a film that attempted to play with the conventions of medieval epic flicks while unironically importing the kind of music you associate with the genre.

The movie offers a few OK visual jokes--a movie marquee advertises The Rocky Horror Picture Show--but this can hardly compensate for its overall lack of imagination, or for the fact that its climactic plot twist seems to have been stolen from an old Star Trek episode.

Not quite as bad as you might have thought, it's just a flat and uninspired piece of whimsy, which simply fails in all categories.

link directly to this review at
originally posted: 08/18/02 16:33:49
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

1/02/11 jimmy smitts Best Eddie Murphy film of the decade. Sad, but true. 3 stars
8/25/09 Anne Dromeda The real reason Pluto was declared not a planet? 2 stars
7/31/09 the dork knight Not as bad as you'd expect. Great set design, a nice twist here and there, but weak overall 3 stars
2/10/09 X Never forget the disaster of August 16th 1 stars
10/11/06 inty i actually feel bad for murphy, i really do 1 stars
3/04/06 Anthony Feor A film lost in another universe 1 stars
12/08/05 JM Synth At least it's more imaginative than "successful" comedies 3 stars
12/01/05 hibbyX Quite a lot of poop 1 stars
6/17/05 Jeff Wilder Zero. That number is the answer to the equation: Number of laughs offered by Pluto Nash. 1 stars
3/23/05 eddie fan #1 im not your fan anymore, eddie fucker 1 stars
2/01/05 Jeff Anderson ABSOLUTE DULL GARBAGE!! A sad & pitiful waste of time & money! I HATE THIS FILM!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
12/19/04 ELI SUCKED!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/20/04 ELI How could any of you people STAND this movie???? It SUCKED 5 stars
7/17/04 Daveman Utterly dul, unfunnyl and featuring a truely shitty Blade Runner setting. 1 stars
6/22/04 tatum Okay, why was this set on the moon? 1 stars
3/01/04 Ray Hughes Under-rated and over-slated. 4 stars
4/19/03 Gecko Fanfoot Murphy is passť. If you want funny try Chris Tucker on for size. 3 stars
4/06/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng "Total Recall" meets "Romeo Must Die". I love it! John Cleese steals the movie! 5 stars
2/11/03 Ubu the Ripper No Worse Than Star Wars Episode II 4 stars
1/24/03 Raquel Hassan It's a nice movie 4 stars
12/21/02 Pleasant V. Ille Eddie can do better, yes, but also worse. Like wintermute, I'm glad he played it straight 3 stars
11/20/02 Goofy Maxwell Honestly, I'd rather watch Master of Disguise again. 2 stars
11/20/02 Joseph Kettering bad script with Eddie being as unfunny as possible. 1 stars
11/13/02 Andrew Carden Eddie Murphy Has Good Chances Of Winning This Year's Razzie Award. 1 stars
9/28/02 Meredith Westbrook Actually a rather enjoyable romp. And what's with your feces, linda? 4 stars
9/27/02 Natalie Stonecipher Watchable in a live comic book action sort of way. 4 stars
9/11/02 Gray not *all* bad 3 stars
9/05/02 Dominik Duprelle I'd rather be crygenically frozen and wake up in Bedlam than spend 1 min watching this. 1 stars
9/03/02 E.D. Wood This is to Eddie Murphy what Leonard Part 6 was to Bill Cosby. 1 stars
8/23/02 The Chronic Mastubator What is wrong with Eddie Murphy? He can do much better than this.. 2 stars
8/22/02 wintermute The first movie in 10 years where i didn't want to punch Eddie in the nuts. 3 stars
8/21/02 Linda Cardellini Why aren't I in this movie? Wait a minute, I DON'T deserve to be covered in feces! 2 stars
8/18/02 Peter Brook Bad, but not as bad as you might fear. Mr. Murphy needs an ego-check, though. 2 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  16-Aug-2002 (PG-13)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004


  21-Nov-2002 (M)

Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast