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Mr. Church

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Bruce Beresford

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About the Movie

Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This mirthless Eddie Murphy vehicle from the director of 'Driving Miss Daisy' is rife with hoary 'magical negro' stereotypes. – Nick Schager, Variety, Apr 24, 2016

Rotten: Somehow Murphy manages to lift his dignified, all-knowing servant character off the page, giving a meticulously composed performance in a vehicle that can't help but feel superficially repackaged. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Sep 15, 2016

Rotten: It's repugnant for its dehumanizing view (however unintentionally so) of a black man, and repugnant for its emptying-out of one of the great black performers of the time into a sanitized symbol of acceptable blackness. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Sep 22, 2016

Rotten: Murphy's low-key but affecting performance is filled with loaded and loving glances. And the restraint becomes the 55-year-old star. If only the film were better. – Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, Sep 16, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Forget The Critics - Great Movie!!!

I saw this at the theater and thoroughly enjoyed it. Watch will not be disappointed. I am buying the movie even though I already saw it cause i loved it!

Changes and political influences

This feels like a good movie brought on a different plane, BUT the "professional" critics have seem to deem it necessary to bring a liberal, progressive "toady" slant to thier reviews. deplorable

Great view

Critics are wrong and stereotype everything. This is a simple story of a cook who touched the lives of three generations for the better. There was no magical anything or repackaging. Eddie Murphy performed magically as a human being who simply does a very good deed. 👌 perfect performance. Critics should just look at the simple human triumph and tragedy in the movie and not use a political back drop for anything?

Mr. Church
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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