By Mandi Bierly
Updated November 10, 2011 at 03:27 PM EST
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With the release of Tower Heist and the Oscars hosting gig, Eddie Murphy was poised for a huge comeback. But now that the film opened behind Puss in Boots to lukewarm reviews (EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum gave it a C+, while CinemaScore graders scored it a B) and Murphy has exited the Academy Awards following Brett Ratner’s resignation as producer, where does it stand? It would be easy to say his comeback has taken a severe hit, but we all know what happens when an Oscar host doesn’t mesh fully with the creative team behind him (see: James Franco). Murphy was in his rights to bow out gracefully if the players changed (even if part of you wishes he’d reconsider now that Brian Grazer, who produced Tower Heist, Bowfinger, Life, The Nutty Professor films, and Boomerang has been tapped to replace Ratner). But there’s still a hunger for Murphy’s talent. Reread this part of Schwarzbaum’s review:

Maybe the audience got a taste, and now it will want more. Poll below.

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