• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Niall Johnson
    In Theaters:
    Sep 15, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 20, 2007
  • ThinkFilm


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Keeping Mum Reviews

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Simon Weaving

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 30, 2009
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

April 20, 2009
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

An insufferable British dark comedy in the tradition of other happy-horseshit classics

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 0.5/4

August 7, 2007
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 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 Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It has all the edge, darkness and wit one expects from the storied genre of British dark comedy.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 19, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 11, 2007
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine

The British countryside provides a pretty framework, unfortunately the picture inside doesn't fit the bill.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Disappointing British black comedy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 13, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...the film gets by -- just barely -- on the powerhouse combination of Atkinson, Thomas and Smith...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The warped fun is enhanced by two performances - one that is expected and one that's a delightful surprise.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

November 17, 2006
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

...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 Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

I'll match Grace's way with a meat cleaver and a shovel against Mary's spoonful of sugar every time.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

November 6, 2006
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 3, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a disappointingly pat bit of Brit comedy that suffers by comparison to the postwar black Ealing comedies it evokes.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 76/100

November 3, 2006
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2006
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

October 28, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This dark comedy does provide a breath of fresh air in contrast to all the stale and cloyingly cutesy comedies Hollywood produces.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2006
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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A dark comedy that isn't dark or particularly funny, Keeping Mum ends up being an exercise in heavy-handed whimsy.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 26, 2006
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