Critic Consensus: Eddie Murphy's exhilarating return to SNL makes for one of the strongest episodes of the season.
Critic reviews for Eddie Murphy; Lizzo
A triumphant Eddie Murphy returned to "Saturday Night Live" Saturday after half a lifetime, with little rust to show for such a long absence. Not that a little would have mattered anyway.
Yet still Murphy managed to find a real spin on his characters and demonstrate the live-wire charm that made him a star in the first place. It was a crucial element for a night that felt like a perfect reunion.
[A]s this episode reminded everyone: It's very funny when Eddie Murphy yells in a deep voice.
After three decades away from the show that he saved in the 1980s, the comic played the hits and gave 'SNL' some much-needed edge.
From start to finish, [Murphy] was smooth, game, and 100% cool-his old characters as welcome as his fresh sketches.
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