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Johnny English (2003)



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

A tame spy spoof that elicits infrequent chuckles.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

A tame spy spoof that elicits infrequent chuckles.



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An unhinged parody of James Bond theatrics, Johnny English finds Mr. Bean himself suiting up as the eponymous super spy for a series of wild and silly adventures. A lowly pencil pusher working for the MI7 agency, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is suddenly promoted to super spy after Agent One is assassinated and every other agent is blown up at his funeral. When billionaire entrepreneur Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich) sponsors the exhibition of the Crown Jewels and the valuable gems disappear




Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, William Davies

Jan 13, 2004


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Mike Myers has worked this material to death.

July 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
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There weren't enough good laughs for me to recommend it to anyone other than the most devoted Beanheads.

July 26, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A funny summer frolic.

July 24, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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[A] completely unnecessary and nearly chuckle-free spy movie spoof ...

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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So much of Johnny English should be funnier than it is.

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source:
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Innocuous, if dumb, fun.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The spy parts aren't exciting enough and the funny parts aren't funny enough.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Beliefnet

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

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.

July 7, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

Another feeble 007 parody.

March 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

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.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Excruciatingly predictable

January 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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.

January 2, 2004 Full Review

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.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Dies on screen.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Inept and painfully unfunny.

August 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

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

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

August 1, 2003 Full Review

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.

July 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

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

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Audience Reviews for Johnny English

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.
September 4, 2013

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.
May 16, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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!!
March 20, 2012
Film Crazy

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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.
February 11, 2012
T Tsang

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    1. 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 (22 months ago)
    1. 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)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
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