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Johnny English (2003)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 118
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 79

Critics Consensus: A tame spy spoof that elicits infrequent chuckles.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: A tame spy spoof that elicits infrequent chuckles.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 401,086

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Movie Info

When her majesty's crown jewels are stolen by a conniving Frenchman, who also plans to steal the queen's throne, spy Johnny English, a bit unseasoned but intensely enthusiastic, is thrown onto the case. Fast cars, high tech gadgets, top secret info--Johnny can hardly believe it. He may be in over his head, but his courage and dedication are unmatched--especially after he meets double agent Lorna Campbell and discovers that falling in love makes saving the nation even more exciting.

Rating:
PG (for comic nudity, some crude humor and language)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
,
Written By:
Neal Purvis , Robert Wade , William Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 13, 2004
Box Office:
$28.0M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Johnny English

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (79) | DVD (16)

Inept and painfully unfunny.

Full Review… | August 7, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Mike Myers has worked this material to death.

July 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

There weren't enough good laughs for me to recommend it to anyone other than the most devoted Beanheads.

Full Review… | July 26, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A funny summer frolic.

Full Review… | July 24, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

[A] completely unnecessary and nearly chuckle-free spy movie spoof ...

Full Review… | July 21, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

So much of Johnny English should be funnier than it is.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Salon.com
Top Critic

The spy parts aren't exciting enough and the funny parts aren't funny enough.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Beliefnet

Contrived, bland, and unfunny with an awful lead character...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

While it lives up to the very definition of 'hit and miss', the parts that hit are very funny.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

You won't die laughing in the theater, but the filmmakers aren't asking you to, as they do in the frantic, adolescent comedies that dominate the market. It's a pleasure.

Full Review… | July 7, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Another feeble 007 parody.

Full Review… | March 9, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Straight from Tony Blair, English's next assignment is a suicide mission: to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Full Review… | February 9, 2004

Belongs on an old-time double bill, where it would satisfy, if only because we'd be into the second movie before we noticed that the first came up a bit short on laughs.

Full Review… | February 7, 2004
Apollo Guide

Excruciatingly predictable

Full Review… | January 3, 2004
Film Freak Central

In spite of some wince-inducing bathroom humor, and jokes you can see coming from a mile away, this turns out be a very funny romp indeed.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004

Johnny English doesn't work as a spoof of the spy genre, and moreover, as you watch Atkinson at work, you begin to notice how easy this is for him -- too easy, in fact.

Full Review… | September 13, 2003
Mark Reviews Movies

Dies on screen.

Full Review… | August 8, 2003
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A poorly executed representative of the over-used spy spoof comedy.

Full Review… | August 3, 2003
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Super predictable - a damn shame. Atkinson deserves the right vehicle but unless you already love him, he cannot transcend this vehicle.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003

At best a spotty spy spoof with little to say about the genre beyond what Mike Myers already accomplished in 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery' (and wrecked in its two dreadful sequels).

July 30, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

While Atkinson thankfully gets to repeat the physical humor of Bean, Johnny English wallows in the gross-out antics of the Austin Powers flicks but has none of their energy or inventiveness.

Full Review… | July 27, 2003
Nitrate Online

Will Jacques Chirac inspire the next round of international spy movie villains?

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Film Snobs

Audience Reviews for Johnny English

½

An extended Barclay Card ad circa 1994 or thereabouts. It's not bad as it goes but Rowan Atkinson is funnier than this. Give me Blackadder over Mr. Bean any day of the week. I think what people from outside the UK don't realise is that he was doing this kind of stuff years before the films and so to us they just come across as out of date poor copies of old material, which is exactly what they are. This is essentially Mr. Bean does Bond. The car chase annoyed me in particular, I'm sure anyone else with the slightest of geographical knowledge of London will feel the same.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Johnny English is a horrible attempt at doing yet another parody of James Bond. The genre had been parodied with the superior Austin Powers, but it seems like they needed yet another spoof flick to make a bit more money. This film fails at delivering effective laughs. Rowan Atkinson is tiresome and boring here, and you can see the career of a once great comedian fall apart on-screen. Atkinson has created one of comedies greatest characters with Mr. Bean. However with this film, he delivers a painfully unfunny performance that doesn't cut it. This is a pointless film, and if you're looking for the spy film parody, watch the Austin Powers films instead. Rowan Atkinson is wasted here, and he has displayed better comedic performances in the past. This film is simply a misfire. I really didn't enjoy the film, as I felt that the joke were predictable, and overdone. This film was a letdown, and I expected better from Rowan Atkinson. Essentially this is Mr. Bean as a spy, and nothing more. Johnny English could have been good, but it suffers from a poor script, and poor acting. This comedy isn't funny, and there are more bad things with it than good. Rowan Atkinson has done better in the past, but with this one he misses the mark big time. Watch Austin Powers instead. Johnny English is a case of it's been done before, and better too.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

OMFG Rowan Atkinson is awesome in this role, he was clearly born to play this role!
Its hilarious and thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable with a great cast and a great story and awesome movie!
Reallyu worth a wtach!!

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FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Spoof spy movie. Rowan is an inept spy who causes havoc wherever he goes. John is the bad guy who steals the crown jewels and wants to become King of England.

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thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Johnny English Quotes


Johnny English:
[concerning Sauvage] You know, I think I'd rather have my bottom impaled on a giant cactus than exchange pleasantries with that jumped-up Frenchman.
– Submitted by Charlie F (2 years ago)
Radio Announcer:
We are about to have our first French king since 1066, so we want you to ring in and tell us things you love about the French, We've had no calls yet, but the lines are still open!
– Submitted by Frazer M (2 years ago)
Johnny English:
As far as I'm concerned, the only thing the French should be allowed to host is an invasion.
– Submitted by Alexandar T (3 years ago)
Johnny English:
Observe, Bough, the dull incompetence of the criminal mind. It can never hope to match our level of technical expertise.
– Submitted by Kamal G (3 years ago)

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