Keeping Mum Reviews

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Simon Weaving
Screenwize
July 30, 2009
Don't expect Rowan Atkinson in full Bean or Blackadder flight: this is much more delicate Country Life comeuppance at the hands of a deliciously dark fairy godmother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") plays straight-man Reverend Walter Goodfellow to Grace Hawkins (acted with keen wit by Maggie Smith) his genteel serial-killer housekeeper in this delicious British black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 7, 2007
An insufferable British dark comedy in the tradition of other happy-horseshit classics
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The problem with Keeping Mum is that the slaughter is very real and, worse, the victims are often innocent or otherwise undeserving of their fate.
January 31, 2007
I would have loved for these characters to have a different plot to stretch out in. However, this story is obvious, pedestrian, warm and pleasant, but mostly a tragic waste of some tremendous resources.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
It has all the edge, darkness and wit one expects from the storied genre of British dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Director Niall Johnson, who collaborated on the script withRichard Russo deserves kudos for maintaining the tenor and tone of the film. A black comedy such as KEEPING MUM requires a very specific touch and Johnson handles the material with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
December 30, 2006
The British countryside provides a pretty framework, unfortunately the picture inside doesn't fit the bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 13, 2006
Disappointing British black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 4, 2006
...the film gets by -- just barely -- on the powerhouse combination of Atkinson, Thomas and Smith...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 17, 2006
The warped fun is enhanced by two performances - one that is expected and one that's a delightful surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 11, 2006
...Features a great cast and a witty script that should help it appeal to even those who aren't as enamored of British films as I am.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 10, 2006
I'll match Grace's way with a meat cleaver and a shovel against Mary's spoonful of sugar every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 6, 2006
There's something immoral about a film that asks us to chuckle at the naughty murders of innocent people and then expects our hearts to swell when a husband and wife affirm their holy union. 'Saw III' has more integrity.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 3, 2006
One of those frothy films photographed in the quaint English countryside that yearns to be a word-of-mouth hit, but is too thin and predictable when it should be rich in nuance and off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 3, 2006
...a disappointingly pat bit of Brit comedy that suffers by comparison to the postwar black Ealing comedies it evokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2006
The Ealing of yore is gone, and Guiness, ex-ladykiller, is now and forever, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Here's mud in your eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 28, 2006
By the time Dame Maggie arrives, all she can do is clean up the mess and salvage what humor is left.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 27, 2006
This dark comedy does provide a breath of fresh air in contrast to all the stale and cloyingly cutesy comedies Hollywood produces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2006
A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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