Here is our selection of the Coming 2 America reviews. In the film Eddie Murphy reprises his role as the ever-charming Prince Akeem and leads an all-star cast in Coming 2 America. It’s a sequel, to the 1988 Coming To America.
Was in funny or a dud? Check out what the consensus was below.
New York Times‘ Coming 2 America Review
by AO Scott
- The newly minted crown prince of Zamunda, complains about the state of Hollywood filmmaking… He’s vocal in his disdain for superhero spectacles and “sequels that nobody asked for”!
- Coming 2 — not unlike Brewer and Murphy’s previous collaboration, Dolemite Is My Name — is a sweet and silly celebration of Black popular culture
- this movie provides further testimony to the absolute comic genius of Wesley Snipes
3 out of 5 Stars from our reading of the review
Los Angeles Times‘ Coming 2 America Review
by Justin Chang
- Coming 2 America is the rare sequel whose title sounds identical to the original, which may be the cleverest thing about it
- The movie tries to compensate for its unapologetic royalism with hand-wringing about the Zamundan patriarchy but stops short of making its female characters too interesting or distinctive
- After his joyous work in Dolemite, Murphy mostly straitjackets his usual ebullience in a way that feels like another throwback
1 out of 5 stars from our reading of the review.
The Guardian‘s Coming 2 America Review
by Peter Bradshaw
- Murphy is back as the Zamundan prince seeking his son in the US, in this tired sequel to the 80s comedy hit
- A made-up African country isn’t regarded as automatically offensive, and its neighbouring state Nextdoria is quite funny
- Murphy is oddly waxy and stately, and has no authority figures he can really play off
Rated 2 Stars
Hollywood Reporter‘s Coming 2 America Review
by Frank Scheck
- The film will easily capitalize on the lingering nostalgic affection for one of Murphy’s most successful efforts
- The rudimentary storyline proves merely an excuse to recycle familiar beats, especially Murphy and Hall’s latex-slathered turns as a variety of supporting characters
- Much of the film’s fun, though, stems from the celebrity cameos — including Morgan Freeman amusingly sending up his godlike narrator image
2 out of 5 stars from our reading of the review
Entertainment Weekly‘s Coming 2 America Review
by Kristen Baldwin
- A joy to report that Coming 2 America (March 5 on Amazon Prime) is cute and fun
- Punchlines are slipped in everywhere, from the voiceover on ZNN (Zamunda News Network) to the lyrics sung by the choir backing Gladys Knight
- The script is a little drag-and-drop at times, echoing story points and dialogue from the original too closely
Rated B equal to 4 out of 5 Stars
|New York Times||3 Stars|
|Los Angeles Times||1 Star|
|The Guardian||2 Stars|
|Hollywood Reporter||2 Stars|
|Entertainment Week||4 Stars|
So the average of the ratings works out at 2.4 out of 5 stars. I guess it really depends on your taste of comedy. Might be fun for some!