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Bean (1997)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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Comic actor Rowan Atkinson brought his bumbling character Mr. Bean from television to the big screen with this British comedy. Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a well-meaning but not especially bright fellow with a gift for making the worst of any situation. Bean is about to be fired from his job as a guard at the Royal Nation Art Gallery for sleeping on the job, but the Chairman (John Mills) intervenes at the last moment. To insure that his incompetence will manifest itself so completely that there



Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll

Mar 31, 1998

Universal Pictures

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Rowan Atkinson's recalcitrant TV character is the hub of this 1997 feature that will disappoint fans and nonfans alike.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Slapstick, but gross-out humor.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Atkinson's reactive brand of bug-eyed and near-silent comedy has always been more akin to Jacques Tati--plus a lecherous pinch of Jerry Lewis, the better to invade the viewer's personal space.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Atkinson is able to hit the comic jackpot through grunts, gestures, body movements, and, most of all, facial expressions.

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

Atkinson's genius at portraying a pesky, childish adult is reminiscent of the great comic stars of silent movies, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The film is little more than a showcase for Atkinson's broad slapstick comedy, overdone facial contortions, and bathroom humor.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

I'm pretty sure that I can say it's not a great movie; I'm not so certain I can say it wasn't a funny one.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Okay, Rowan Atkinson is a funny guy. So what the hell happened with this?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Not only do we not care about Bean, we want him to just go away and not bother us anymore.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Bean

I enjoyed Mr. Bean when it was first broadcast back in 1990. It was simple, universal and I was a fan of Rowan Atkinson. It was pretty much the only thing I found funny that I could enjoy watching with my parents. The joke wore a little thin though after a while though and by 1995 when the show ended it had lost most of its original appeal. Thankfully for those involved, the fact that it's all physical comedy and no dialogue mean't it translated quite well across the globe. So it seemed logical to the rest of the world when Bean the Movie turned up but not so much in England whereby we were all pretty sick of it by that point. The Film was purely for the American audience. All the jokes are repeats of Bean's 'Greatest hits' but not as good. There is far too much talking and the list of cameos is ridiculously long and unnecessary. It's a deformed version of Bean that made loads of money but had little of the charm of those first few episodes. Why did Bean become more popular and successful then Blackadder?
June 2, 2014

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Bean, is a poor attempt to bring the famous Atkinson's character to the big screen and that waste the talent of Rowan in a stupid movie with a weak screenplay. Rotten.
June 12, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Mr. Bean's big screen debut is a pretty good comedy that has it flaws, but manages to be funny, good and above all a good attempt at bringing the dimwitted character on the big screen. I enjoyed the TV show, and grew up watching Mr. Bean so when this was released, I was pretty excited. The film is a pretty comedy that has good comedy, but the TV show is much better of course. The film has a decent cast starring opposite Rowan Atkinson, and they each have something to bring to the table. The film does have limitations, but for the most part it delivers good laughs. Compared to the show, the film is slightly disappointing, but it has everything you'd expect from Rowan Atkinson in his character. The film has good laughs, a decent script and decent ideas. The film is good, but like I said, it's disappointing compared to the show because like with every TV Show to the big screen adaptation, there's key elements missing from the film to really make it special. I liked the film, it made me laugh and Atkinson was lovable. If you want to check this one out, expect something average, and you won't be disappointed. The film isn't as bad as what everyone has claimed it to be, but compared to the show, it definitely isn't a memorable film. A good film, but nothing ever remarkable. There's some good funny bits, but considering that the TV show was great, the filmmakers could have made a better effort with Mr. Bean's big screen debut. Still a fun film to watch despite its faults.
April 13, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The decision to make a cliched, over used typically "American" plotline and mix it in with Rowan Atkinson's hugely funny character and comedic skill was a big mistake. But the moments that actually envolve Bean here are what makes this film hilarious among multiple viewings.
April 2, 2012
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    1. Mr. Bean: Are you feeling lucky, punk?
    – Submitted by Emma R (23 months ago)
    1. Det. Brutus: Mr. Bean, are you presently on any kind of medication?
    2. Mr. Bean: Not that I know of.
    3. Det. Brutus: Well you could certainly use some.
    – Submitted by Redwan A (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Bean: Jennifer...Jennifer...wakey wakey...breakfast's ready!... Jennifer...
    – Submitted by Anya T (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Bean: Brace yourself!
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
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