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Mr. Church

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Based on the real-life experiences of screenwriter Susan McMartin, the story is set in 1965 Los Angeles, telling the story of a young girl and her dying mother who are joined by a black male cook who comes to live with them, making their lives change forever.
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Common Sense Media
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September 19, 2016

Cliched drama has sad moments, drinking, stereotypes.
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JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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September 28, 2016

Very hokey and old-fashioned in its sensibilities, but Eddie Murphy's performance is excellent.
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New York Daily News
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September 16, 2016

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.
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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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September 16, 2016

There are several things to like about a quiet drama like Mr. Church. But the thing that feels most notable about director Bruce Beresford's story of a young woman and her unique father figure is the presence of Eddie Murphy in the title role.
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Washington Post
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September 15, 2016

Murphy is fine as the title character, although his performance consists mostly of suppressing all of his usual shtick. He certainly doesn't endow Mr. Church with any unexpected depths. But then neither does the script.
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Black Girl Nerds
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January 01, 2017

Man, this type of role is really out of pocket for Eddie Murphy. He isn't funny, and he isn't particularly interesting.
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New Yorker
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September 22, 2016

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.
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Cinemalogue.com
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September 23, 2016

Murphy's understated portrayal is a highlight in an otherwise heavy-handed examination of the way in which troubled souls come together to form surrogate families.
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Los Angeles Times
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September 15, 2016

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.
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Movie Nation
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September 22, 2016

"Mr. Church" serves up comfort food in an era when every food truck and most indie films offer more interesting fare.
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RogerEbert.com
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September 16, 2016

After helming this, an episode of Roots and Best Picture-winner Driving Miss Daisy, Beresford should be forced to join 'Subservient Cinematic Negroes Anonymous.'
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Seattle Times
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September 15, 2016

Get out your handkerchiefs, but don't expect to believe a minute of this vastly improbable tale.
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